I’m not sure how it happened, but I completely forgot to order my Thanksgiving turkey. My husband snapped me out of my ignorance of current calendar dates last night. He was gentle, but pointed.
“Chef Quinn ordered his turkey from Harvey Gus,” he said. “Maybe you should see if it isn’t too late to get a turkey.”
I gave him a blank stare. Wait. Get a turkey? How many days do I have before Thanksgiving?
That’s when I realized I was in trouble. As I scrambled to do research on where to find a bird, I realized I was in one of those concurrent life/food blog moments. If I were to get anything out of this potential debacle, I would have to write about it. Fast.
Based on my research, I offer you this roundup of Where to Buy Turkey in LA (Last Minute).
Whole Foods: Whether your choice is fresh or frozen, Whole Foods offers a number of different birds including free range. organic, non-organic, pre-brined, and kosher. Order in store or online. No deposit required.
Erewhon: Offers Shelton’s free range and certified organic turkey.
Trader Joes: According to Cooking with Trader Joes, TJ’s offers a range of Thanksgiving options including Kosher, pre-brined birds (about $2-3/lb.), and Tofurky for the vegetarians in your group.
Farmers Market picks:
Farmer’s Market Poultry at the LA Farmers Market: This is where I just ordered my bird. This local poultry vendor offers fresh, free range turkeys from Diestel Farms. I called The Farmer’s Market Poultry at the 3rd and Fairfax Farmers Market and ordered my 14 pound bird (for $2.99/lb) without a problem. Farmer’s Market Poultry also sells commercially raised birds for $2.39/lb. No deposit required. Farmer’s Market Poultry: 6333 W 3rd St # 216; Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 936-8158.
Healthy Family Farm at Hollywood Farmers Market: This free-range poultry farm made its debut at the Hollywood Farmers Market last year with its free range, organic poultry. Last year (when life was a little less complicated) I pre-ordered my turkey weeks in advance. Once the bird was roasted, I was incredibly pleased with the earthy, happy-turkey taste. Healthy Family Farms: 6780 Wheeler Canyon Rd. Santa Paula, CA 93060; (805) 421-3301 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlies Kosher Deli. One frequent customer on Chow.com said, “Let Herschel or Freddy know what size you want and they’ll have it ready.” Charlie’s Kosher Deli: 9124 W Pico Blvd.; Los Angeles, CA 90035; (310) 271-2472
Harvey Gus, a favored butcher with LA chefs has a limited supply. Call two weeks ahead of time. (As of 5:20 PM 11/18 they’re sold out!)
Skip the bird, just scramble the eggs: Lily Farms is my favorite chicken and egg vendor at the local farmers markets. Though they do not sell turkeys, they do offer turkey eggs. is my favorite egg producer at the Hollywood Farmers Market, but they only sell turkey eggs. No birds. Lily’s Eggs: Fillmore, CA; (805) 657.4638.