Thursday, November 15, 2012

Put the turkey farm on your shopping list

Slow down for antibiotic-free turkey.

Editor's note: It's time to get ready for Thanksgiving.

How do you know the holidays are just around the corner?

Clementines show up in the supermarket after a long journey from Spain, and it's time to visit the Goffle Road Poultry Farm in Wyckoff.

The buildings may be covered with solar panels, but turkeys, chicken and other poultry are raised the old-fashioned way: without harmful antibiotics or animal by-products.

Thousands of Thanksgiving turkey shoppers walk through this door.

We serve turkey parts to guests on Thanksgiving, rather than a whole, big-breasted bird, so this morning I called in an order for 6 legs, 6 thighs, 6 wings and 6 pounds of turkey necks.

I'll probably be eating homemade shrimp and pasta, plenty of salad and wine.

When I stopped in to pick up the order around 3 this afternoon, I also bought an 18-ounce bottle of Uncle Dougie's Wicked Good No-Fry Wing Marinade for $5.95 or 50 cents more than last year.

My bill for the fresh-killed turkey and marinade was $49.15, but I passed on a guilty pleasure, big-yolk duck eggs, now $1 each.

The poultry farm also sells wild turkeys. 

It's the kind of friendly place where an employee gave lollipops to the children of two Japanese housewives who were waiting for their fresh-killed poultry.

Goffle Road Poultry Farm, 549 Goffle Road, Wyckoff; 201-444-3238. Web site: Gobble, gobble

At the Paramus ShopRite on Tuesday, the price of tangerines was a guessing game, but on Wednesday, a sign told shoppers they were five for $1.99.

Clementines from Spain were $4.99, a discount of $2.

The ShopRite in Paramus on Wednesday had a good buy on a 5-pound box of Spanish clementines for $4.99, and continued to offer Golden Pineapples for $1.99 each.

Jerry's Gourmet and More in Englewood.

 At Jerry's in Englewood, I picked up 2.2-pound boxes of La Santa Maria Fine Iodized Sea Salt for 99 cents each.

I added Jerry's assorted Italian olives and whole garlic cloves to a salad.

Another great item at Jerry's are assorted Italian olives and whole garlic cloves for a low $3.99 a pound (410 S. Dean St.; 201-871-7108).

I stopped there on the way home from Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, where I volunteer on Wednesdays and pick up a vegetarian soup and salad from the Garden Cafe.

At home, I added Jerry's olives, manchego cheese and smoked Alaskan wild salmon to turn the salad into dinner, and poured myself a glass of red wine.

A snack of smoked wild salmon, whole-grain mustard and reduced-fat cheese.

I eat Costco Wholesale's Kirkland Signature Wild Alaskan Smoked Sockeye Salmon year-round, not just at the holidays.

The price for a 1-pound package of the preservative-free salmon, in two sealed portions, has held steady at $15.39.

At Fairway Market in Paramus, smoked farmed salmon is nearly $30 a pound. 

I also add this wild salmon to my open-face egg-white omelets with manchego or reduced-fat sliced cheese, or eat it out of hand with sliced cheese and Trader Joe's Whole Grain Dijon Mustard.


  1. Goffle Road Poultry is a great place! We have had their excellent rotisserie chicken. Lots of sales this week between Shop-Rite and Corrado's, so splurging a bit on a few things is less painful. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Victor!

  2. Same to you, Annamarie. Thanks for the good wishes.

  3. How do you make homemade shrimp?

  4. Easy: I buy Black Tiger shrimp that is in the shell and deveined. I shell them and marinate them in lime juice and seasonings -- red pepper flakes, black pepper, garlic powder and so forth.

    Then I cook them in olive oil until they curl up and turn white, which takes 5 minutes or less. They should be crunchy.


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