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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Don't Kill Us for Saying, But Now's the Time to Order Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 4:55 PM

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It's that delicious moment when San Francisco summer starts for real. Who can think about Thanksgiving, with its scramble for pies, its making-nice-with-your-brother-the-Christian, its turkey, for chrissake.

But this is the very moment to start thinking turkey, or else risk wrestling a frozen ball of industrial quick-grow flesh Thanksgiving morning (no, you can't thaw it in the microwave).

It so happens Marin Sun Farms and BN Ranch are offering a special on heritage breed turkeys. (You know BN: it's the Bolinas ranch owned by Niman Ranch founder Bill Niman and his wife Nicolette -- think super-eco Slow Food.) From now through September, you can order from five breeds Niman chose in Kansas last year, including turkey superstars Standard Brown, Bourbon Red, and Narragansett. You know: range-roaming, free of hormones and antibiotics, and -- after the nasty part happens -- air-chilled.

Place your order now through September and the cost is $6.59 a pound (wait, and it bumps up to $6.89 -- something like a $5 savings for every 10 pounds of bird). You have to give them a $30 deposit, and arrange for pickup at one of several locations, but that's far, far in the future, right? Order online, or call 633-8997, extension 207.

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