It's Almost Turkey Time!

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Gobble, gobble!

It’s almost turkey time! Autumn celebrations are a time to gather with friends and family to share a meal with the ones you love.

The traditional feast starts with the turkey. Although these birds may not win a beauty contest, the turkey is a part of American history and a big part of our end-of-year celebrations.

Turkey’s have been domesticated for hundreds of years. In that time, they’ve been bred to be larger and to yield more meat than their wild cousins. Many people tend to think of turkey as bland, dry and tasteless. And while proper seasoning and roasting can help with the flavor of a commercial bird, nothing can compare to the taste and texture of a high quality, real deal turkey.

Every year, Mountain View Market Co+op has exceptional turkeys available for preorder. We are proud to offer turkeys from Mary’s Turkeys.

What makes Mary’s turkeys so gosh darn good?

It all starts with the how the birds are raised. Mary’s Turkeys are:

  • Free Range - Every bird on the Mary’s Turkeys ranches are allowed to roam in areas four times larger than the average commercial ranch. Room to roams creates a more naturalistic environment for the birds and causes less stress.

  • Fed a Vegetarian Diet - All Mary’s turkeys are fed a high protein, all-vegetarian diet with no animal by-products for healthier birds and more flavorful meat.

  • Gluten-free - Rest assured that all birds from Mary’s are absolutely 100% gluten-free.

  • No hormones, antibiotics, or preservatives - Of course, the use of hormones on poultry is prohibited in the United States, but it’s nice to know anyway that there aren’t any in Mary’s birds. Since the turkeys are raised in a clean, free-range environment with access to outdoors, high-quality food and fresh, clean water, Mary’s turkeys are healthier and raised without antibiotics.

About Mary’s Turkeys

Mary’s turkeys are raised in Fresno, California in the San Joaquin Valley by the Pitman family. The Pitmans are third generation turkey farmers. Mary’s Turkeys was founded in 1954 and has always believed in raising high-quality birds with room to roam. Mary’s raises three varieties of turkey - non-GMO turkeys, organic turkeys and heritage turkeys. These three varietals are raised at different ranches to ensure that they are receiving their proper diet and care.

The common breed that Mary’s raises is the Broad Breasted White which has been developed through breeding to deliver high-quality, flavorful meat. Their heritage breeds are more closely related to wild turkeys, have larger thighs and more dark meat.


Turkeys 2018

Preorders - Mountain View Market Co+op has fifty Mary’s turkeys available for preorder. 2018 preorders end on Friday, November 9, 2018. We have ordered non-GMO and organic turkeys for you this year.

  • Mary’s Turkeys Non-GMO Turkey - $2.99/lb.

    • Available 12-20 pounds

  • Mary’s Turkeys Organic Turkey - $4.49/lb.

    • Available 12-20 pounds

All Mary’s turkeys are flash-chilled. Flash-chilling is a process by which the birds are chilled to 28 degrees for safe shipment. This creates a shallow frozen outer layer, about an inch thick, and keeps the meat at a safe temperature during it’s trip from Fresno, California to our refrigerator. All preordered turkeys will be completely thawed for pick-up.

Preordering your turkey is easy! Stop by the Courtesy Desk at Mountain View Market Co+op or give us a call at (575) 523-0436 to reserve your bird for just five dollars down - and get a coupon to save $5 on your purchase of $25 or more or save $10 on your purchase of $50 or more between November 7 and November 21, 2018.

For your convenience, we also offer online reservations. Go to our online ordering page to reserve your bird today!

Preordered Mary’s turkeys will be available for pick up beginning on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 and ending on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

Additional Turkeys

Not sure what type of bird to order? Not ready to commit? Unexpected guests? Don’t sweat it. We’ve got frozen turkeys coming too!

Mountain View Market Co+op will also have high-quality frozen turkeys available from Ferndale and Organic Prairie for Thanksgiving 2018.

Ferndale turkeys are raised in Cannon Falls, Minnesota by the Peterson family and other area farmers that raise turkeys for Ferndale according to their standards. Ferndale Turkeys was founded in 1939 by Dale and Fern Peterson (Ferndale, get it?) and has been family owned and operated for three generations. All Ferndale turkeys are free range and antibiotic-free. To keep their birds as affordable as possible, Ferndale turkeys are not fed an organic diet, but they are fed a high-quality diet of fresh ground corn and soybean meal fortified with probiotics, yeast and natural herbs.

  • Ferndale Whole Turkeys $1.99/lb.

  • Ferndale Bone-In Turkey Breast $2.49/lb.

Organic Prairie is a cooperative that was started in 1996, who’s mission is in part about “respecting the dignity and interdependance of human, animal, plant, soil and global life.” All Organic Prairie meats are USDA-certified organic and are always raised on a non-GMO organic feed and are never fed animal by-products. They’re given no antibiotics and no synthetic growth or breeding hormones. All Organic Prairie animals have access to pasture.

  • Organic Prairie Organic Whole Turkeys with Giblets $3.49/lb.

Other Holiday Meats

Mountain View Market Co+op has also ordered in ducks from Mary’s and hams from Boar’s Head to round out your holiday menu.

Meat Alternatives

Vegan, vegetarian or abstaining from meat for health reasons? There’s no reason to pass on the celebrations. Meat alternatives have come a long way. Gone are the days of dry, tasteless cardboard-like “meats”. The new options are surprisingly moist and flavorful! And cooking is a breeze since our meat alternatives are ready-to-cook - no brining or marinading required for a tasty meat-free Thanksgiving roast.

  • Tofurk’y Plant-Based Holiday Feast (vegan, non-GMO) - 9.99 on sale now

  • Quorn Meatless Turk’y Roast (vegetarian - contains milk and egg, gluten-free) - 6.99 during November 2018

  • Field Roast Celebration Roast (vegan) 1 pound - 5.49 on sale 11/14/18 - 12/4/18

  • Gardein Holiday Roast (vegan) - 14.99 on sale now

Have questions about how to prepare a non-meat roast? Want to know which ones we like best? Give us a call or come in to the store to talk with one of our meat department associates. We love sharing our experience and offering recommendations!