With all of the diversity in the United States bringing cultural celebrations and ethnic foods we have come to love, one thing has not changed –- turkey remains the star on American holiday tables. Ethnic foods may share tabletop space with the big bird, but a turkey stars in most American homes. North Bay markets offer a generous selection of turkeys any way you like them: certified organic, range grown, traditional fresh, kosher or stuffed — even vegetarian turkey options can set the table. Find just what you are looking for in North Bay markets brimming with choices.

Andronico’s Market

100 Center St.
San Anselmo, CA 94960
(415) 455-8186
www.andronicos.comAndronico’s, a homegrown market with five Bay Area locations, is known as a progressive, privately owned retailer geared toward the gourmet shopper. Serving the community since 1929, Andronico’s continues to offer a full range of specialty items to its loyal consumers. Andonico’s turkey offerings cover it all: fresh and natural brimmed turkeys (including a stuffed, half turkey breast), certified kosher birds and Tofurky roast. Andronico’s on-site skilled chefs prepare sides to cover the classics such as sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts au gratin, traditional stuffing and much more.

Good Earth Natural Foods

720 Center Blvd.
Fairfax, CA 94930
(415) 454-0123

This all organic, natural foods market is specialized, friendly and very customer oriented. Good Earth has been in business since 1969 with one location and has built an excellent reputation for top quality, organic foods throughout the store. All turkeys are Heidi Organic, fresh and free-range, sized from eight to 28 pounds and priced per pound. Also available are half and full raw turkey breasts. Fully cooked turkey breasts are available at the deli counter along with a range of cooked, all organic side dishes, including stuffing. Fully cooked turkey meals can be ordered, too. Good Earth emphasizes that it is committed to having the lowest organic turkey prices in Marin County.

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Paradise Foods
470 Ignacio Blvd.
Novato, CA 94949
(415) 883-4600

Paradise Foods is a local family owned and operated market with locations in Novato and Corte Madera. Both locations have in-house kitchens to individually prepare the cooked items sold at the delis. Paradise sells all natural, free range Willie and Diesel Birds. Sizes range from 10 to 18 pounds for hens and 20 to 30 pounds for toms, priced by the pound. Half and full raw turkey breasts are here, along with cooked breasts available at the deli. Whole cooked turkeys can be ordered as well. No kosher turkeys are sold here, but Tofurky roasts are available. The Paradise deli sells a wide range of side dishes for the holiday table, including traditional and specialty stuffing, sweet yams, potatoes, salads and more. Both locations are open every day at 8 a.m. with coffee and pastries available at 6 a.m.

Willie Bird Turkeys
5350 Highway 12
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 545-2832

Buy straight from the source at Willie Bird Turkeys in beautiful Sonoma County. The Benedetti family company has raised turkeys in Northern California since 1948 and developed the famous Willie Bird Turkey formula in 1963. Willie Bird free-range turkeys are raised on an all-natural diet and are known nationally for their superior quality, tenderness and excellent taste. Purchase from the Santa Rosa retail store or call to order. Turkeys can be shipped to arrive right on your doorstep. Visit the website for turkey choices, pricing and an order form before calling.

Marin Sun Farms

Point Reyes Station Butcher Shop
Shoreline Highway 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 663-8997 ext. 201

Marin Sun Farms raises premium Heritage turkeys from an outstanding genealogy that mirrors a wild turkey. The turkeys are pasture-raised and treated humanely, as the company is based on a sustainable food model. Marin Sun Farms also raises a variety of meats, but holiday turkeys are especially popular. Turkeys are available at numerous premium markets throughtout the San Francisco Bay Area and at the company’s two retail butcher shops in Oakland and Point Reyes Station. The Point Reyes Station location also has a café highlighting Marin Sun Farms meats. Visit the company website for a listing of meat categories and places to buy. The Point Reyes Station Butcher Shop is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

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