Gobble Up a Long Island Turkey

The average person has 10,000 tastebuds. If every one of those ‘buds could talk, they’d tell us November is hands-down their favorite month of the year. Can you blame them? ’Tis the season for mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pie. But the turkey is the real star. This year, forego frozen in favor of farm-fresh by buying local from a Long Island turkey farm. One bite and you’ll be thankful you did.

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Miloski’s Poultry Farm, Calverton

It’s easy to put things off this time of year, but getting a fresh turkey from Miloski’s Poultry Farm should not be one of them. The quaint 70-year-old North Fork farm begins selling birds, which are known to come out of the oven tender and full of flavor, on a first-come, first-basis the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Go

Kerber’s Farm, Huntington

Given the two-page nature of your to-do list, a trip out East may seem rather frightful. Kerber’s Farm is a shorter commute for the Western Suffolk and Nassau crowd, but doesn’t skimp on size or flavor of turkeys. Take home a bird that weighs up to 30 pounds and, if you can manage, grab some whipped sweet potatoes with marshmallows. I won’t tell your guests you didn’t make the tasty side when they’re toasting to your culinary genius. Go 

North Sea Farms, Southampton

Come for the bird, leave with all the fixings for a true Long Island turkey dinner at this small Southampton farm with a wide selection. Think free-range eggs perfect for baking, squashes and pies. A few fresh-cut flowers will make for a beautiful last-minute centerpiece or hostess gift. Go

Mecox Farms, Bridgehampton

Those with “East End turkeys” high on their holiday wish lists will want to place their orders at Mecox Farms ASAP. The spots’ birds are so juicy and delicious; they’re as coveted as a Super Saturday ticket this time of year. Since the farm is best known for its artisanal cheeses, quell guests’ early hunger pains by pairing a local wine with a board of the soft, creamy farmhouse cheddar and buttery Mecox sigit. Go 

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email bethann@lipulse.com or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.