Mariposa’s 2016 turkey pre-order program is closed! A select number of turkeys will be on sale in store beginning November 19 while supplies last.

How to pick up your turkey

Turkey pre-orders can be picked up in store between Saturday, November 19 and Wednesday, November 23. All turkeys must be picked up by Wednesday, November 23. Please follow the instructions below when picking up your pre-order.

  1. If you are planning to shop and pick up your pre-order, gather all of your items before you enter the check out line. If you are just picking up your pre-order, head to the check out line. 
  2. When you are ready to check out, tell your cashier you pre-ordered a turkey. You will pay the additional charge of your turkey at this point. While you complete your transaction, a staff member will retrieve your turkey.
  3. If you need assistance carrying your groceries and/or turkey pre-order, please ask a member of our staff. 

Meet our turkey farmers

HOWE TURKEY FARM

Nathan and Julie Howe bought The Howe Farm, previously known as Little Washington Farm, in 2008. The Howe’s are currently raising around 4,500 fresh, all natural turkeys a year. They arrive as one day old poults in the beginning of July and are with them until the week of Thanksgiving, with the exception of a few hundred, who make it until the week of Christmas!

Julie and the children feed the turkeys a vegetarian diet, three times a day and take care of day to day operations on the farm, while Nathan works in construction during the workweek.

“Our favorite time of the year is “turkey time,” says the Howe’s. Nathan takes a few weeks off in November to oversee the processing production, which begins the Friday before Thanksgiving every year. 

Read more about their farm in the 2014 fall issue of Edible Philly.

Koch Turkey Farm

Roscoe and Emma Koch had a small family farm in the Lewistown Valley outside of Tamaqua, PA and began growing turkeys in 1939.

The third generation of the Koch family - Duane, Barb, Pam, and Beth - took over operations in the mid 1990’s and began experimenting with raising turkeys using an all vegetarian diet without the usage of antibiotics during the life of the turkey.

Kochs has since become a pioneer in raising antibiotic-free turkeys with an all vegetarian diet. The vegetarian diet consists only of corn, soybeans, vitamins, and minerals. The Kochs do not use animal by-products or by-products of any kind such as out of date bakery goods, fish meal, or pet food by-products.

Koch's Turkey Farm is GAP (Global Animal Partnership) and Certified Humane approved. The farm provides its turkeys with twice the amount of barn space as is required by normal commercial growing practices.