Thanksgiving is literally in 10 days!! Snuck up on me, but, since I’m co-head chef, it is time to get it together. First item up for business is the star of the day — THE TURKEY. Every year it’s a battle between my dad and the women folk. He wants to get a 12 lb frozen turkey from the Commissary (military grocery store) for 50 people. When she says we need at least a 22 lb turkey, he mimics the heart attack scene from Sanford & Son. In his defense, he hates waste. It gets dramatic over turkey, but Stephanie Flood always wins. I think it comes down to the giblet gravy she promises to make for him. But anyhoo, that’s where we are at in the process.
A couple of years ago, we saw on the news an all natural turkey farm in Howard County, and I took it upon myself to flex my cooking muscles. I love organic, I love all natural, I love free-range animals, and I love to buy local. We tried Maple Lawn Turkey Farm that year, and it has become apart of our holiday tradition.
Every summer Maple Lawn brings in roughly 20,000 baby turkeys. The turkeys are harvested a week before Thanksgiving. The outcome is a juicy, tender centerpiece that keeps us going back each year. Like, it’s literally, “Oh my God, Serena!! What did you do to this turkey?!?” I just put a little big toe in it, but it starts with quality meat. The care that this family owned farm puts into its poultry shines through on the dinner table.
I will admit that the lines can get long during those days leading up to Thanksgiving. Given this time around Vanesa is recovering from Strep and Sebastian from hand-foot-mouth disease, we are going to use our side door method to get our Maple Lawn Turkey. That shouldn’t make you skimp on creating a new tradition for your family. Many of the customers describe the experience as fun. You pick out a pumpkin or a Christmas tree, so why not a turkey?
If you would like to try them out, start by submitting a Request for Turkey form on the website. You must submit a reservation form. Online requests are being accepted up until Sunday, November 18th. Pick up date options for turkeys are: November 10-21 and 23-24. If you need to pick up your turkey any other day, then email Maple Lawn at email@example.com. I should also note that they ONLY accept check or cash.
For those of you who don’t like the great outdoors, here is the back door way. The Washington Post has a great list on where to buy fresh, local turkeys in the DMV. Since we live in the Severn area, we are grabbing our Maple Lawn Turkey from David’s Natural Market in Gambrills, MD.
I spoke with a David’s market associate this morning. She suggested we come in on Thursday or Friday of this week to pre-order the turkey. All the store requires is a $5 deposit. David’s picks the turkeys up fresh from the farm. And then all you do is schedule a pick up for Tuesday or Wednesday during the week of Thanksgiving. You’re Welcome!!