Ethical Eating

Where to Buy a Local Free-Range Turkey in South Florida

Although we do realize Thanksgiving is supposed to be about showing gratitude, let's face it: It's really about the food more than anything else.

It's the one day of the year in which it is completely acceptable to stuff our faces full of butter, carbs, and turkey -- skin and gravy included -- until the cows come home. (And the one day we don't typically eat cows!)

For those of us who care about local, sustainable, humane meats, however, it's a bit more work -- those frozen, store-bought, antibiotic-filled, cage-raised birds just aren't going to cut it.

Fortunately, more-ethical, nonvegan options are out there.

We've found three places in Broward and Palm Beach counties offering local, free-range turkeys for T-Day; however, time is of the essence, so you're going to have to act fast to get some.

Marando Farms

This urban Fort Lauderdale farm is now taking deposits on heritage and broadbreast turkeys from both Larry's Farm and Scooby's Organic Farm from now until it runs out. All orders must be placed in advance and will have to be picked up on-site on Wednesday, November 27.

Marando Farms is located at 1401 SW First Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-294-2331, email [email protected], or stop by to order.

Scooby's Organic Farm

In addition to offering pastured poultry -- mostly chicken and ducks -- year-round, this Davie farm sells turkeys by the dozen for T-Day. You can even head out there to see the property for yourself, but you'll need to call ahead to reserve, as it runs out quickly.

Scooby's Organic Farm is located at 2230 SW 138th Ave. in Davie. Call 954-309-8319, or visit

Heritage Hen Farm

Heritage Hen is known for selling a wide range of eggs and other farm products direct from the property; however, for Thanksgiving it brings in pastured heritage breed birds from Crazy Hart Ranch. If you're interested, you'll need to place an order as quickly as possible by contacting Linda at Crazy Hart directly. All orders must be picked up from Heritage Hen Farm on Sunday, November 24, between 2 and 5 p.m.

Heritage Hen Farm is located at 8495 Haverhill Road in Boynton Beach. Call Linda at 772-913-0036, email [email protected], or visit

You'll probably want to thank the farmers for these birds afterward.

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