Thanksgiving Guide

The pre-order deadline has passed, but we’ll have limited number turkeys for sale at the shop Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. No orders will be taken. Everything will be sold on a first-come-first serve basis— so come by and see us! We are offering beautiful heritage birds from Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch as well as hams, sausage stuffing, gravy, stock, pie dough and more. We will be CLOSED MONDAY.

Thanksgiving hours

Friday 11/22 | Last day to pre-order for Thanksgiving
Saturday 11/23 | 10AM to 6PM
Sunday 11/24 |  10AM to 6PM
Monday 11/25 | CLOSED to pack orders
Tuesday 11/26 | 10AM to 7PM
Wednesday 11/27
 | 10AM to 7PM
Thursday 11/28 | CLOSED – Thanksgiving Day
Friday 11/29| CLOSED
Saturday 11/30 | 10AM to 6PM
Sunday 12/1 |  10AM to 6PM

About our Thanksgiving birds

This year our heritage turkeys are coming from Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch. Frank R. Reese Jr., owner of Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch, is a fourth-generation farmer who has been producing the country’s best poultry for 60 years. If you enjoyed the heritage turkeys we previously carried from BN Ranch, you’ll be pleased to know that Good Shepherd provided the original breeding stock for BN Ranch turkeys. The turkeys are raised on pasture, fly and roost in trees and are 100% free of antibiotics. In fact, these are the oldest pure genetic lines of heritage turkeys in America, dating back to the 1830s.

Since starting his first flock in the 1950s, Frank has dedicated his life to raising heritage birds and ensuring the survival of their unique breeds. Frank’s philosophy of animal husbandry rests on three fundamentals: animal welfare, breed conservancy and environmental stewardship. The result of Frank’s breeding methods and attentive animal husbandry is happy, healthy turkeys with a character of flavor and juiciness that cannot be matched. The meat of heritage birds is visibly darker and the flavor is deep and rich. The Local Butcher Shop receives the turkeys fresh (never frozen) a few days before Thanksgiving.

What’s the turkey price?

Thanksgiving turkeys are priced at $12 per pound, and orders may be placed online, by phone or in the shop. The Local Butcher Shop encourages you to reserve your turkey as soon as possible because they typically sell out. We know that these turkeys are far more expensive than what you’ll find at the grocery store. Why? Raising turkeys well is difficult. By that we mean using animal husbandry practices that are good for the bird, good for the earth, and good for the farmer is not the easy way. Heritage turkeys take about two times longer to grow to size, requiring two times more feed than conventionally-raised turkeys. Good Shepherd’s turkeys spend their life out on pasture and are free of antibiotics and hormones. We are proud to pay Frank Reese a good, fair price for his well-raised turkeys. And, we are grateful to our customers who entrust us with connecting the land and the farmer to their Thanksgiving meal.

How to place an order:

We are no longer taking Thanksgiving orders.  Everything will be available at the shop on a first come, first serve basis starting at 10:00am on Tuesday the 26th.

What size turkey do I need?

We have several turkey sizes available this year. We’ll do our very best to get you a turkey as close to your desired size as possible. Here is our recommendation guide to help you decide the best size bird to fit your holiday table:

  • Extra Large Turkey (22 – 25.9 lbs) serve 16 to 22 people
  • Large Turkey (18 – 21.9 lbs) serves 10 to 16 people
  • Medium Turkey (14 – 17.9 lbs) serves 7 to 10 people
  • Small Turkey (10 – 13.9 lbs) serves 5 to 7 people
  • Extra Small Turkey (7 – 9.9 lbs) serves 3 to 6 people
  • Turkey legs and/or breasts (cut to order) perfect for small gatherings

Additional offerings

If you’re looking for an alternative to turkey, we’re offering holiday hams, pork roasts, guinea hen (it’s like a mini turkey for two!), quail, duck, rabbits, beef roasts, lamb legs and more—our skilled butchers can guide you toward the perfect option. In fact, our shop specializes in custom-cut butchery. Give us a call at 510-845-MEAT.

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