Thanksgiving Guide

We are offering beautiful heritage birds from Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch as well as hams, sausage stuffing, gravy, stock, pie dough and more. We’ll take your orders online, by phone or in the shop. Be sure to check out our East Bay delivery option this year, offered through Mercato. Here is The Local Butcher Shop’s Guide to Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving hours

Friday 11/16 | Last day to pre-order for Thanksgiving
Monday 11/19 | CLOSED to pack orders
Tuesday 11/20 | 10AM to 7PM
Wednesday 11/21
 | 10AM to 7PM
Thursday 11/22 | CLOSED
Friday 11/23| CLOSED
Saturday 11/24 | 10AM to 6PM
Sunday 11/25 |  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?

If you pick up your order at the shop, the Heritage birds are priced at $12 per pound. (Please note: If you opt for delivery, all products are priced with a markup to account for Mercato’s merchant and delivery fees.) When you place your order, we will take a $50 non-refundable reservation deposit.  This is because we order and pay for a finite number birds in advance. Once we receive your deposit, the bird is yours! Thank you for your understanding. We highly recommend reserving your turkey now as we do sell out every year.

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—call and talk with one of our butchers. We also have charcuterie platters, sausage & bread stuffing, poultry stock, gravy, pie dough, bacon, eggs, and more available for online pre-order. Add items to your turkey order and we’ll have them ready to go when you pick up your bird.

How to place an order

You may order online, by phone or in the shop. The deadline to place an order is Friday 11/16 at 6PM. We will ask for a $50 non-refundable deposit for your turkey. You’ll pay the remaining balance when your pick it up or when your delivery order is prepared.

In Shop Pick Up

Thanksgiving orders will be ready for pick up at the shop on Tuesday, 11/20 from 10AM to 7PM or Wednesday 11/21 10AM to 7PM. Please note, we will be closed on Monday, 11/19 to prepare all holiday orders. Shop now for in shop pick up!

East Bay Delivery via Mercato

Delivery is available to a limited zone of the central East Bay. Thanksgiving orders can be delivered Tuesday, 11/20 from 11AM to 7PM or Wednesday 11/21 11AM to 7PM. If you opt for delivery, all products are priced with a markup to account for Mercato’s merchant and delivery fees. Shop now for East Bay delivery!

Order now: four easy ways

Shop online for in-shop pick up

Shop online for in East Bay delivery

Call us at 510-845-MEAT (6328)

Come by the shop at 1600 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley (our front door is on Cedar street across from the Safeway parking lot)

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