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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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