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Top places to buy a turkey in Vancouver

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Are you a little lost on what kind of turkey to get, or where to get it? Here are is a breakdown of the different kinds of turkeys available in-store, plus some turkey alternatives for your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner.

The Cost-Effective Turkey

Where? Walmart, Superstore, Pricesmart

If you’ve ever bought a turkey before, this is probably where you got it from. They’ve got good prices, and are a reliable source for your basic frozen turkey. Superstore is usually where I find the best variety and prices. They’ve got their PC Blue Menu options and a good variety of low-priced frozen turkey.

The Organic Turkey

Where? Superstore, Capers, Whole Foods, Choices

The label “organic” is often applied in cases where the product isn’t really organic. According to the Organic Products Regulation, for meat to be considered organic, the animal “must be raised organically from at least the last third of gestation” as well as have access to organic grazing pastures.

If you’re very ambitious and are willing to drive out to Aldergrove, you can get an organic turkey at Ladybug Manor.

You can also get a grain-fed, antibiotic free turkey from JD farms. Again, they’re a little out of the way in Langley, but you can also find JD turkeys at Choices, Nesters, or Super Value.

The “To-Go” Turkey

Where? Safeway, Superstore, Whole Foods

For those who don’t enjoy cooking (or just don’t have the time), you can always pick up a ready-made meal complete with all the fixings.

Safeway has a complete holiday turkey dinner for around $70.00.

 If you’re still aiming for organic, take a look at Whole Foods. They’re selling a traditional holiday dinner with an organic turkey, gravy, stuffing, beans, pie and all the condiments to go along with it.

The Alternative Turkey

Not everyone likes Turkey, but you can still enjoy a great Thanksgiving meal with turkey alternatives.

Check out Hills Food in Coquitlam for squab, or consider roasting a chicken. If you have any vegetarians, try this delicious recipe for eggplant lasagne or sweet potato gratin. Got a vegan in the house?  The Vegan Project has many great recipes including this one for grilled tempeh.

And finally, if you want to go all out for Thanksgiving, consider a fabulous gourmet dinner prepared by a professional chef.

 Have a happy Thanksgiving. 

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