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The Best Turkey in Toronto

The best turkey in Toronto doesn't come from a supermarket that sells frozen, mass market birds. For Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other occasion, your best bet is to go local and buy a turkey from a butcher close to home. These birds are typically sourced from Ontario farms and demonstrate that free-range, grain-fed and drug-free is the ideal way to go for the centrepiece of your holiday spread.

Here are the best places to buy a turkey in Toronto.

Photo by Scott Snider in the blogTO Flickr pool



Cumbrae's (Queen)
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Cumbrae's (Queen)

Turkeys from Cumbrae farms are a breed called Big White Turkeys, and you can generally get them close to the holidays, though ordering ahead is highly recommended. Regular turkeys sell for $4.99 per pound, while the butcher also offers a pre-brined turkey for $5.59 per pound.

Friendly Butcher
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Friendly Butcher

This meat monger near Yonge and Lawrence deals in free-range turkeys that are antibiotic- and hormone-free. Like all their products, this poultry is grown and raised within 100 miles of Toronto, specifically from a farm in St. Anns, Ontario. Order the birds for $3.99 per pound.


Sanagan's Meat Locker (176 Baldwin)
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Sanagan's Meat Locker (176 Baldwin)

The meat locker in Kensington Market stocks turkeys from Shady Grove Turkey Farms, and heritage breeds from the Weber Family in Paisley, Ontario. Advanced orders are highly recommended. Turkeys sell for $4.49 per pound


Healthy Butcher
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Healthy Butcher

Locations near Eglinton and Avenue Road and Queen West are a superb source for naturally raised, antibiotic- and hormone-free birds. Grain-fed birds sell for $4.59/pound, pasture-raised birds cost $5.59/per pound and certified organic goes for $6.29/pound. They'll even spatchcock your turkey by request.


St. Lawrence Uppercut Meats
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St. Lawrence Uppercut Meats

This St. Lawrence Market stalwart sells up to 1,000 turkeys in the weeks leading up to major holiday occasions. Expect to find free range, grain fed, federally inspected grade “A” birds available for pre-order or until they sell out.

Rowe Farms (Leslieville)
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Rowe Farms (Leslieville)

Turkeys have free-run in the large barns on the farm in Listowel, Ontario, and are raised without antibiotics on a diet of vegetable grain resulting in delicious, top quality birds. Expect prices to hover around $4.49 per pound at multiple stores in the GTA.



Vince Gasparros
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Vince Gasparros

Bloorcourt locals flock to this family owned and operated butcher shop for its birds. Mennonite-raised, free range turkeys sell for $3.69 per pound, and are best ordered a week or two in advance, as last minute shoppers will discover only limited stock in store.

Fresh from the Farm
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Fresh from the Farm

Located at the top end of Donlands just south of O’Connor, this butcher shop prides itself on carrying only hormone- and drug-free meats from small Mennonite farms in Elmira, Ontario. Turkeys sell for $3.95 per pound, and while it's safest to order in advance, some walk-ins can be accommodated.


Butcher's Son
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Butcher's Son

This Yonge & Eglinton butcher makes the holidays a breeze, by offering raw turkeys for $4.99 per pound, oven-ready raw and stuffed birds for $5.99 per pound, and read-to-serve cooked and stuffed birds for $6.99 per pound. Poultry comes from Round The Bend Turkey Farm in Kettleby, Ontario and is free range, veg and grain-fed, and free of hormones and antibiotics.


Royal Beef
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Royal Beef

This old fashioned butcher on The Danforth sells fresh-killed, Mennonite-raised turkeys brought in from small farms in Sharon, Ontario and the surrounding area. These birds are hormone- and antibiotic-free, and sell for $3.99 per pound. Like many on this list, the smaller sizes sell out first, so last minute walk-ins should expect to find giant birds.


Summerhill Market
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Summerhill Market

Two locations of this midtown grocery store offer the option to special order organic birds by phone or pick-up in store, free range turkeys ifrom Bill’s Turkey Farm in Queensville, Ontario. Skip the cooking altogether with prepared food packages that include a roasted bird with all the trimmings.

Roast Butcher Shop
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Roast Butcher Shop

This boutique butcher on St. Clair West recommends that if you order in advance, though last minute requests can occasionally be accommodated. Brought in from Elm Creek Farms in Grand Valley, Ontario, these free range turkeys are hormone- and antibiotic-free and sell for $5.29 per pound.

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