These Local Farms Have Everything You Need for an At-Home Thanksgiving Feast
Visit these farms to find the ideal Thanksgiving centerpiece, whether it's a heft pumpkin ready for carving, a fruit-filled pie or a turkey to dress up for dinner.
If you’re prone to scrambling at the last minute to find dinner items for the big family feast, take this as a sign to get ahead on the shopping and order a turkey from one of these local turkey farms. Decorating the household with the spirit of fall is another autumn ritual, and what better way to do that than spending the day at a local farm finding the perfect porch pumpkin or coffee table gourds? Visit the farms listed below to pick up your Thanksgiving turkey and fall decor — just make sure to check for availability before visiting.
Pat’s Pastured, East Greenwich
You might enter Pat’s Pastured intending to buy a free-range standard white turkey, but once you see the selection of prepared foods and treats, you may find yourself walking out with more than just a fourteen- to twenty-one-pound bird. Pat’s Pastured recommends reserving a turkey as soon as possible, as they tend to sell out every year. Fill out the form on the website, pay a $30 deposit (which will be deducted from the total cost), and then pick up your turkey the weekend before Thanksgiving.
The pasture-raised turkeys are fed non-GMO grains, which influence the quality and flavor of the meat from these excellent foragers. At $7.25 per pound, the turkeys have a generous amount of breast meat and make for a stunning Thanksgiving centerpiece. All turkeys are sold frozen.
Pat’s Pastured recommends taking the frozen turkey home and placing it in the freezer immediately after pickup. If thawing the turkey in the refrigerator, allow about twenty-four hours for each four to five pounds at forty degrees or below. Put the turkey in a container to prevent juices from dripping on other items.
If cold-water thawing, put the turkey in a leak-proof plastic bag to prevent cross-contamination and water absorption. Allow thirty minutes per pound; submerge the wrapped turkey in cold water, changing the water every half-hour until the turkey is thawed, then cook immediately.
Check out the rest of the farm store for items to round out the dinner table, including meatballs, pot pies, stews and chilis, as well as mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, sweet potato casserole and two types of pies during the holidays. For any last-minute shopping needs, the store also stocks pasture-raised eggs, chicken, pork and beef products, not to mention local coffee, maple syrup, ghee and spices.
HOURS: Friday 3–6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
LOCATION: 830 South Rd., East Greenwich, 830-4728, patspastured.com
Wild Harmony Farm, Exeter
Caring about what you eat, especially when food allergies are concerned, is important to the crew at Wild Harmony Farm. A regenerative farm that fosters community, healthy food and the environment, the farm’s owners advocate for informed food consumerism. Once the crew began learning more about the food system, one thing was clear: There was no turning back. The farm’s turkeys are raised certified organic with great care on their organic pastures.
Those looking to purchase a bird should order online to reserve a pasture-raised turkey. Interested in other meats? The store also sells frozen organic pasture-raised chicken, pork and 100-percent grass-fed beef, including prime steaks, sirloin, ground beef, short ribs and brisket.
Turkey pickup is Thursday, Nov. 17, from 1–5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. At $9.95 a pound, the turkeys range from approximately twelve to twenty pounds. Wild Harmony Farm also offers sausage for stuffing, lard to render for pies and bacon for, well, everything.
HOURS: Thursday 1–5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
LOCATION: 366 C Victory Hwy., Exeter, 268-4555, wildharmonyfarm.com
Breene Acres Family Farm, West Greenwich
This small farm is another great pasture-raised turkey option, offering locally grown, pasture-raised meat and eggs. The farm provides small (fifteen- to eighteen-pound), medium (nineteen- to twenty-four-pound) and large (twenty-five to thirty-pound) turkeys at $5.25 a pound. Act quickly if you want a small turkey — they tend to sell quickly.
While you submit your order, leave your name and number, then pick up the bird from the farm on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at 1 p.m. Like most turkey farms, Breene Acres has a limited selection of turkeys, so the crew suggests not waiting too long to call ahead and reserve your bird.
HOURS: Breene Acres Family Farm is open for turkey pickup Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m.
LOCATION: 21E Victory Hwy., West Greenwich, 397-4748, facebook.com/breeneacres
Baffoni’s Poultry Farm, Johnston
The crew at Baffoni’s Poultry Farm recommends placing a turkey order as early as possible. After calling the farm, the turkey should be ready for pick-up at the store on the week of Thanksgiving. Turkeys cost $4.99 a pound. The farm also carries chicken pot pies, chicken stock, turkey gravy and capons, a type of chicken that grows larger than a standard meatbird. They’re great for families who prefer chicken over turkey for their holiday meal.
HOURS: Monday through Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
LOCATION: 324 Greenville Ave., Johnston, 231-6315, baffonispoultryfarm.com
Martinelli’s Farm, North Scituate
Call Martinelli’s Farm ahead to order a free-range organic turkey, priced at $6.99 a pound with a $30 deposit. Besides the fourteen- to twenty-eight-pound turkeys, Martinelli’s provides a full range of chicken, beef and pork products. Martinelli’s goes to great lengths to locate USDA facilities to bring customers the finest selections.
For appetizer, entertaining and centerpiece needs, the farm also offers an extensive array of charcuterie like pancetta, sweet soppressata, finocchiona and saucisson sec, along with a variety of imported items from France and Italy. Check out the website for recipes like bresaola filled with wild arugula and ricotta cheese as well as penne with pancetta and coppa.
HOURS: Friday 1–6 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.–noon.
LOCATION: 56 Peeptoad Rd., North Scituate, 300-8267, martinellisfarm.com
Rainbow Poultry Farm, Rehoboth, Mass.
Rainbow Poultry Farm has been preparing all year for holiday turkey orders. To
acquire one of the farm’s free-range, non-GMO, organic birds raised and processed onsite, send a direct message on Facebook, call the farm or send a text including your name, phone number and what size turkey you would like.
Turkeys cost $6.99 a pound and range from fourteen to twenty-five pounds. If chicken is more your speed, Rainbow Poultry Farm carries that as well, in sizes ranging from nine to twelve pounds.
HOURS: Rainbow Poultry Farm is open only for turkey pickup before Thanksgiving on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
LOCATION: 199 Homestead Ave., Rehoboth, Mass., 508-736-9061, facebook.com/rainbowturkeyfarm
Where to Get Fall Decor and Treats
One of the great things about the fall season is decorating your home — inside and out — with festive colors, fun floral arrangements, made-at-home crafts and tasty delights. From pumpkins to gourds, squash and pie, make the most out of turning your home into an autumn utopia by shopping at these local farms.
Four Town Farm, Seekonk, Mass.
This 150-acre vegetable farm, where the points of Seekonk and Swansea, Massachusetts, and East Providence and Barrington, Rhode Island, join together, has grown fresh produce and memories for families since the early 1900s. Decorative gourds and pumpkins, regular and mini-sized, are available, as are corn stalks and hay bales. The weekend is the best time to get baked goods, so rally up the fam and head to Four Town Farm with your sweet tooth.
HOURS: Daily 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
LOCATION: 90 George St., Seekonk, Mass., 508-336-5587, 4townfarm.com
Sweet Berry Farm, Middletown
Step into Sweet Berry Farm’s self-serve cafe, stocked with the chefs’ wide selection of sweets and savory treats using the finest and freshest ingredients. Come in for breakfast or lunch, then take home a gourmet dinner. For specialty pies, cakes and other confections made to order, call the farm in advance. The Farm Market also offers a variety of dairy, premium ice cream with seasonal flavors, produce, gourmet items and prepared foods, sourced from local businesses.
HOURS: Daily 9 a.m.–6 p.m. through Christmas.
LOCATION: 915 Mitchell’s Ln., Middletown, 847-3912, sweetberryfarmri.com
Barden Family Orchard, North Scituate
This multigenerational farm, established in 1931 by John and Hazel Barden, is brimming with fresh fruit and sweet apple cider made in-house. During “pick-your-own” festivities, visitors can experience the joy of fall until Thanksgiving Day. Load up on apples, cider, pumpkins, kabocha squash and butternut squash, as well as apple crisp mix, maple syrup, honey, apple butter, cinnamon apple cider jelly, Barden’s apple cider jelly and more.
Once November rolls around, the farm’s fruit and cider can be found at various winter farmers markets, such as Mount Hope Farm and Farm Fresh RI’s Winter Market. Barden suggests the flavor as a wonderful addition to pulled pork or beef stew.
HOURS: Starting Nov. 1 through Thanksgiving, Thursday through Monday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
LOCATION: 56 Elmdale Rd., North Scituate, 934-1413, bardenfamilyorchard.com
Confreda Greenhouses and Farms, Hope
For more than ninety years, Confreda Greenhouses and Farms has been serving the community with high-quality local produce and horticultural plants for all seasons. Bring home some colorful mums or some indulgent treats like fresh-baked pies, muffins, breads, fudge, cider and apple cider doughnuts from the bakery.
HOURS: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. –6:30 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
LOCATION: 2150 Scituate Ave., Hope, 827-5000, confredafarms.com
Pezza Farm, Johnston; East Greenwich
On the weekends, get a taste of Pezza Farm’s tarts, pies and cookies, made from scratch using fresh ingredients and local produce. The farm’s array of fresh fruit pies and seasonal varieties can also be baked to order throughout the week and weekends by calling.
HOURS: Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Johnston); Wednesday through Monday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (East Greenwich)
LOCATION: 2279 Plainfield Pike, Johnston, 943-2707; 2657 South County Trl., East Greenwich, 398-1062, pezzafarm.com