Best fresh, local turkeys from the Sierra Foothills and Central Valley

Our region is lucky because of the abundance of fresh, local turkeys that are available for the holidays. Some of them are sold by national food retailers such as Williams-Sonoma, but the turkey farms are in our own backyard. Here are some of our favorites. You can find many of them at markets throughout the region including Nugget Markets, Raley’s, Save Mart, Whole Foods, Corti Bros., Taylor’s Market, BriarPatch Coop and New Earth Market:

Branigan’s Turkey Farm
39621 County Road 24A
Woodland, CA 95695
(530) 662-4205
Branigan’s Turkey Farm was established in 1942 in Woodland, California. Their family owned operation raises 18,000 to 20,000 turkeys each year. The reason that Branigan’s Turkeys are different from regular store bought turkeys is that they are raised longer.

Mary’s Free Range Turkey
San Joaquin Valley
(888) 666-8244
Mary’s Free Range Turkeys is proud to be family owned and operated since 1954. These turkeys are raised on healthful grains and allowed to roam in areas four times the size of the average commercial turkey ranch.

Diestel Family Turkey Ranch
22200 Lyons Bald Mountain Rd.
Sonora, CA 95370
(209) 532-4950
Diestel turkeys enjoy the freedom of being slow grown in the clean Sierra Nevada Foothills where they are raised almost twice as long and with four times as much space as conventional birds.

Willie Bird Turkeys
5350 Highway 12
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
(707) 545-2832
Though not in the Foothills or Central Valley, all Willie Bird smoked products are prepared at their family processing plant in Sonoma County. The family has been raising poultry in Sonoma County for over 75 years. They’ve become famous in our bountiful region for their superior quality and taste.

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