Northern California Markets Carrying
Genuine Heritage Turkeys

Not all locations for these stores will carry Heritage Turkeys, so please be sure to call and reserve your turkey as early as possible. (Also, we do sometimes make mistakes in listings. But so do meat departments of some retailers--they may tell you they don't carry these turkeys when they do have them--to be sure, talk with the meat manager.)

Mary's Turkeys is our largest producer. See for a current list of Mary's Turkeys' retailers. Reese Turkeys in Kansas is also selling in California this year. See

Ten stores in the Bay Area: Danville, Walnut Creek, Berkeley (3 locations), San Francisco, Los Altos, Palo Alto and San Anselmo.

Baron's Meat & Poultry (in the Alameda Market Place)
1650 Park Street, Alameda, CA 94501
.(510) 864-1915.

Berkeley Bowl
2020 Oregon St. Berkeley, Ca 94703.  (510) 843-6929.

Corti Brothers
5810 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95819.

Costco Stores
Some Costco stores in California will carry heritage turkeys from Good Shepherd Ranch. See

Draeger's Markets

Three stores in the West and South Bay area: San Mateo, Menlo Park and Los Altos.

Golden Gate Meat Co.
One Ferry Building, Shop #13, San Francisco, CA 94111. (415) 983-7800

Jonathan's Fresh Fish & Meat
2101G Stanford Street, Modesto, CA 95350. (209) 577-1879.

Mollie Stoneís Markets
Seven stores in the West Bay: Burlingame, Greenbrae, Palo Alto, San Bruno, San Francisco, San Mateo and Sausalito.

Prather Ranch Meat Co.
1 Ferry Building #32, SF, CA 94111. (415) 391-0420.

SaveMart Supermarkets
All SaveMart markets in California. Stockton & other locations.

Shoppers Corner
622 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. (831) 423.1398

Verbrugge Meats
6321 College Avenue, Oakland, 94618. (510) 658-6924

Willie Bird Turkeys
5350 Highway 12, Santa Rosa, CA, 707-545-2832.

California Farmers Producing Heritage Turkeys

You can also pre-order one or more heritage turkey from these California Farms, for on-farm or in some cases mail shipment:

Rick & Mary Pitman ** Will also ship
Mary's Turkeys
Madera, CA

Sylvia Mavalwalla, ** Reserve early for 2006.
S&B Farm
Petaluma, CA

Peter Schaner, ** Reserve early for 2006.
Schaner Farms
Valley Center, CA

Orlop or Broad-breasted Bronze Turkeys aren't Heritage turkeys

We donít like to be negative, but watch out for turkeys advertised as Heritage breeds, or similarly to,  which arenít. Diestel Turkey ranch is raising an older breed called the Orlop strain of Broad-Breasted Bronze turkey. This is the predecessor of the Broad Breasted White. Itís essentially a white, but with brown feathers. These turkeys were developed by Orlop Turkeys and others in the 1930ís. They canít mate naturally. They do not mature like true Heritage Turkeys and they donít taste as good. Diestel is by far the largest independent turkey producer in Northern California. The Director of Slow Food USA and I approached them in 2002 to raise real Heritage Turkeys but they went in their own direction instead. Diestel is now marketing these turkeys as heirloom turkeys. The fact remains that they can be raised faster, with less feed, and they can therefore be sold cheaper, to drive genuine heritage turkeys out of the marketplace.