When you hear “organic turkey,” you probably think that it’s hard to find. However, organic turkey is a very common product, and you can find it at many stores, probably your local grocery too. I usually go into the nearest store and get my turkey, but I live close to a few of the options on the list below. So, where to buy an organic turkey?
You can buy organic turkeys in well-known market chains, such as Kroger, Costco, Trader Joe’s, H-E-B, Wegmans, Sprouts, or Natural Grocers. You can order your turkey online directly from the producer; or try a local farm, local farmers’ markets, or your local grocery store.
Finding an organic turkey seems like an easy job, but it can be a lot of work if you don’t have the right info. There’s a difference between conventionally raised and organic turkeys, so your options are fewer. The good news is that you still have plenty of choices, and in this article, I will tell you about the places where you can get your Thanksgiving turkey!
The good old Trader Joe’s is a chain store known for its great supply and excellent selection. Trader Joe’s stocks organic turkeys closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas, so availability may vary during other times of the year.
Even though Trader Joe’s typically offers organic whole turkeys during the holiday season, you may still be able to find what you need any time of the year. So, I advise you to always include Trader Joe’s in your pursuit.
Regarding the brands, the selection may vary from store to store, depending on the local demand and the season in question.
Trader Joe’s has its own turkey brand, so if you don’t find any of the other organic turkey brands, you are likely to find this one. They offer three main types: All Natural Brined Young Turkey, Organic Young Turkey Free Range, and All-Natural Glatt Kosher Young Turkey.
The sizes range from 12 to 16 lbs., and the prices vary from $3 to $4 per pound.
Costco should also be one of your go-to places to search for an organic turkey. As a huge chain, they are stocked with an ample supply of whatever you need. If your options are elsewhere limited, Costco is a great solution.
Costco is known for offering organic turkey options during the holiday season, but depending on the local store and the demand in the area, they may have organic turkeys in any season. They typically carry whole turkeys, and they might also have organic turkey breasts or pre-cooked options.
You will likely find Butterball, Honeysuckle White, Jennie-O, Shady Brook Farms, Hillshire Farms turkeys, or organic turkeys from other brands.
The sizes of the turkeys are pretty generous, so I would recommend you shop there for a larger gathering or if you plan on having plenty of leftovers.
Organic turkey prices at Costco are generally competitive, ranging from about $2.50 to $4.50 per pound.
Kroger has a more limited supply of whole organic turkeys, but you shouldn’t underestimate it. You may not find a whole organic turkey outside the holiday season, but you will find delicious and organic turkey products, such as turkey breast or ground turkey.
I have recently bought the juiciest Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey from there, and I highly recommend it. What I also like about Kroger’s organic turkeys is that the store offers different sizes, which is much more important than it may seem.
Whether you plan a larger or a smaller gathering, you will find the turkey size that is just perfect for your needs. The turkeys vary from full-sized 18-24- pounders to young turkeys of 10-12 pounds.
When available, organic turkey prices at Kroger can range from around $4 to $6 per pound, so a bit pricier than those I mentioned earlier, but still worth every penny.
H-E-B is a supermarket chain in Texas known for offering a range of organic products, including organic turkeys. Although they are in full stock around Thanksgiving and Christmas, they often have special offers and sell organic turkeys during other parts of the year.
They have whole turkeys as well as turkey cuts, so you will get your organic turkey one way or another. Their organic turkeys come in different sizes, so you will definitely find the one that you need. The brans you are likely to find are Butterball and Riverside, both organic and free-range turkeys.
H-E-B offers competitive prices on their organic turkeys, varying from $2 to $4 per pound.
Wegmans is a grocery store known for its diverse product offerings, including organic options. I appreciate them for the selection of natural food items they carry and the way they surprise me with their turkey offerings.
They offer turkeys from different brands, such as Shady Brook Farms, Wegmans Fresh Young Turkey, Empire Kosher, etc. Although you may find an organic turkey outside the holiday season at Wegmans, don’t place your bet too high on it. The turkeys at Wegmans are typically available around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In terms of sizes and prices, the organic turkeys at Wegmans are usually competitively priced and reasonably sized, so you will certainly find one that matches your needs and your wallet.
Sprouts Farmers Market
Sprouts Farmers Market is a grocery store specializing in natural and organic products. They are likely to have a variety of organic turkey options, including whole turkeys, ground turkey meat, and turkey breasts. Still, if it’s the whole turkeys you are after, you won’t find any outside holiday season.
Around the holidays, they offer whole turkeys of different sizes, priced a bit steeper than those at other places. Still, if you manage to find a turkey at Sprouts Farmers Market, I suggest you buy it because you will be getting your money’s worth.
If eating healthy is a top priority for you, you must have heard about Natural Grocers. It’s a health food store known for its focus on organic and natural products. Although turkeys and turkey products aren’t their primary focus, you may get lucky around the holidays and find your turkey there.
They carry organic turkeys from different brands and offer different sizes suitable for different customer needs.
Local Grocery Stores
Your local grocery stores are likely to offer turkeys around the holiday season. Fewer are those that carry organic turkeys year-round, but if you are looking for a Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey, your local grocer may save you.
Usually, the selection in these stores is narrower in terms of brands and sizes, and expect a bit higher price.
Another option to think about is heritage or heirloom turkeys. These turkeys are raised in all-natural settings, usually on a far smaller scale than organic turkeys, fed with natural feed and grown free range.
You have to be well-connected, so to speak, to get a hold of an heirloom turkey, but it never hurts to ask around your area if there is a local farmer raising them. They are smaller in size than regular organic turkeys and tend to be pricier.
As you can hear in the video, they also run out of supplies faster than groceries, so you need to prepare in advance.
The better-known organic turkey brands offer organic turkeys online, so you can pre-order your bird to be there when you need it. To see if they offer turkeys outside the holiday season, you will have to talk to the farm directly or see it on their website.
What is your experience with buying organic turkeys like? I would love to read about it in the comments below!