So you have your beautiful local turkey… raised outdoors on pesticide and herbicide free pasture, where their diet is diverse and natural, without antibiotics or hormones… but you suddenly realize that you’ve never actually cooked one of these things!  Fear not, we are here for you… call our

TURKEY TIP HOTLINE: (978) 631-1135

Thursday 7am-2pm and our PASTURE RAISED TURKEY EXPERTS will help you out of any jams!


Our fresh, air-chilled turkeys also take much less time to cook, as they don’t have added moisture like frozen turkeys do. Because of this, you’re able to spend more time with friends & family and less time prepping the turkey at dawn. This year, all Thanksgiving turkeys will be delivered within the week prior to the big day, allowing you more freezer space for your regular share!

With a quick cook time (sometimes 50% faster!) and flavorful meat, we recommend the following recipes to make your fresh Walden Turkey shine this Thanksgiving – tried and true!

If the weather is bearable outside, slow-grilling a turkey is fun and easy and gives the turkey a very moist, rich smoky flavor, especially if you use cherry or other hardwood chips on a gas grill. We’ve used this Sunset Magazine recipe in the past, and it came out excellent – although it came up to temperature faster than we’d anticipated, so keep a close eye!

Another way to ensure the meat cooks evenly without drying out is a parchment paper method we found here.  This method is designed especially for pasture raised birds, which tend to have much less added water (Butterballs and other brands are commonly injected with water, salt, modified food starch, sodium phosphate, etc. to make them more palatable).  Here too, watch the temperature, although this method is more forgiving than most.



From all of us at Walden, Happy Thanksgiving!