A Respectable Bird

Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin, as you may have heard, wanted the turkey to be the national symbol rather than the bald eagle, in part on the grounds that the Bald Eagle is a “bird of bad moral character”. 

Ben clearly lost that debate, but maybe it’s a good thing. I might feel a little wierd chowing down on the national symbol. With all due respect to the turkey, I have no qualms whatsoever eating it.

Aren’t we fortunate, then, to have the “Michigan Turkey Producers ” right here in our area! This is an interesting group.  They are a co-op of 16 farmers who have joined together to produce the best turkey available.  Their families have been farming turkeys for generations.

While retaining values passed down from one generation to the next to raise the best turkeys, at the same time they have the most modern processing plant in the nation.   They offer several different products, including all natural, organic, antibiotic free turkey.  Who could ask for more?

I love anything that makes it easy to eat well locally. In addition to a long list of locations (below) where you can pick up some Golden Legacy or private label turkey, there will soon be a cash and carry store set up in Grand Rapids. Good news!!

What’s the easiest way to get some yummy turkey? Enter an Eat Local contest on Big Binder, of course! Two lucky people will each win an All Natural Golden Legacy Turkey Breast generously donated from the Michigan Turkey Producers.

Look at the list; where do YOU buy your turkey from? Chances are it is one of these locations! Leave a comment below to enter the contest.

Good luck!

Where to Purchase Michigan Turkey Producers Products:

Gordon Food Service Marketplace (over 100 locations)
In Stock
Brickman’s Oil Browned Petite Turkey Breast
Brickman’s Chiplotle Rubbed Petite Turkey Breast
Brickman’s Garden Herb Petite Turkey Breast
Brickman’s Honey Smoked Petite Turkey Breast
Brickman’s Oven Roasted Petite Turkey Breast
Special Order
Whole Skin-on turkey Breast Roast Cook-in-Bag (GFS #581802)
Petite Skin-on Turkey Breast Roast Cook-in-Bag (GFS #581820)
Petite Skinless Turkey Thigh Roast Cook-in-Bag (GFS #581810)

Allendale True Value Hardware

Busch’s Markets (16 locations – Detroit Area)

Costco – Willowbrook Oil Fried Turkey Breast

Heffron Farms (4 locations – Grand Rapids)

Meijer Stores – Meijer Brand Turkey Pan Loaf

Michigan Turkey Producers Cash & Carry (1100 Hall Street SW)

Grand Rapids Area Dining
68th Street Grill; Dutton
Arnie’s Bakery (4 locations)
Bagel Beanery – Grand Rapids
Bar Louie – Grand Rapids
Beltline Bar – Grand Rapids
Blakes Turkey Sandwich Shoppe
Bullshead Tavern – Grand Rapids
Café Connection-Fresh Express – Byron Center
Cottage Bar and Restaurant – Grand Rapids
Days Inn Downtown – Grand Rapids
Flanagan’s – Grand Rapids
Fred’s Pizza – Grand Rapids
Fredrick Meijer Garden – Grand Rapids
Gourmet to Go – Kentwood
Great Lakes Mobile Catering – Grand Rapids
Honeycreek Inn – Cannonsburg
Hub’s Inn – Grand Rapids
Kent Country Club – Grand Rapids
Mancino’s; Allendale
Murphy’s Family Restaurant; Allendale
One Trick Pony – Grand Rapids
Rio Grand Steakhouse (3 locations)
Sal’s Pizza – Wyoming
San Chez – Grand Rapids
Schelde’s Grille and Spirits
Schnitz Deli – Grand Rapids (3 locations)
Schuler Books – Grand Rapids and Lansing
Sparta Lanes; Sparta
Spectrum Health Downtown Campus – Gand Rapids
Ucello’s – Caledonia, Wayland, Grand Rapids, and Walker
Urban Mill Downtown – Grand Rapids
Wolfgang’s Restaurant – Grand Rapids

West Michigan Lakeshore Area Dining
Back Alley Pizza Joint – Douglas
The Rosebud – Grand Haven
8th Street Grille – Holland
New Holland Brewing Co – Holland
Crazy Horse Steakhouse – Holland
Village Inn – Holland
Big Cheez – Holland
Wayne’s Deli – Muskegon
The Sardine Room – Muskegon
Pints and Quarts – Muskegon
Boathouse Bar and Grill – Pentwater
Sam’s Bistro – Whitehall

Kalamazoo & Lansing Area Dining
Country Affairs Catering – Allegan
Hawk’s Nest – Hamilton
Trestle Stop Inn – Hamilton
Perfect Pizza – Hopkins
Full City Café and Bistro – Kalamazoo
Wayside West – Kalamazoo

Gallagher’s Eatery – Kalamazoo
Fat Tony’s – Kalamazoo
Crow’s Nest – Kalamazoo
The Nuthouse – Lansing
Beggar’s Banquet – Lansing
Dispatch Lounge – Lansing
Leo’s Lodge – Lansing
Leo’s Outpost – Lansing
Harrison Roadhouse – Lansing
Sara’s Lunchbox Express – Lansing
The Irish Pub – Lansing
Lo-Do Company – Portage
Cappo’s – Portage

Northern Michigan Area Dining
Pepper’s Café – Big Rapids
Village Inn Pizza – Charlevoix
Otsego ski club – Gaylord
BJ’s Lounge – Gaylord
Bear Paw Pizza and Grill – Glen Arbor
Mr Pibbs – Leroy
Little River Casino – Manistee
The Brass Café and Saloon – Mt. Pleasant
Inn at Bay Harbor – Petoskey
Odawa Casino – Petoskey
Big Apple Bagel – Petoskey
Mitchell Pub – Petoskey
Papa Lou’s – Petoskey
Bortz Healthcare – Petoskey
Forest Dunes Golf Club – Roscommon
Mackinaw Grill – St Ignace
Boone’s Primetime Pub – Sutton’s Bay
Blue Tractor Cook shop – Traverse City
Mary’s Kitchen Port – Traverse City
Mustard’s – Traverse City
Traverse Bay Resort Dock – Traverse City
Freshwater Lodge – Traverse City
Corner Express – Wellston



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11 responses to “A Respectable Bird

  1. thediaperdiaries

    Sounds yummy!! Count me in

  2. cleaver mama

    Love turkey! Love the sleepiness that comes with it too!

  3. Jenniflower

    Who knew so many places sold local turkey? That’s great! I will definitely look for the local brands from now on!

  4. Dan

    You now have me craving hot turkey sandwiches. Good to know meijer’s turkey loaf is made by them. I know it is the spam equivalent to turkey, but it is one of my guilty pleasures.

  5. Rose

    I also had absolutely no idea this existed. Too cool! I buy a lot of turkey burger from Meijer though I need to make sure they produce it. It is one of my favorites. Gotta love the turkey even when it is not Thanksgiving.

  6. adventuremom

    I love hot turkey sandwiches too! But I had a boyfriend once that worked for one of the local turkey farmers and he lasted one day because that is one dirty job! I made him burn his clothes.

  7. Turkey is a little slice of hot heaven. Count me in!

  8. Spartanjill

    Turkey is my favorite meat! I’ve actually thought of buying a turkey from a local person for Thanksgiving, but just haven’t done so yet. Maybe this year.

  9. Brendalynn Eustice

    I use lots of gound turkey in place of ground hamburg. We eat turkey tacos and you can’t tell the difference and it is so much healthier!

  10. Megan

    I want to check out the cash and carry!