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Turkey tip: Buy the best bird from the Intuitive Forager’s local farmers markets

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BN Ranch-raised heritage and white turkeys are raised on a vegetarian diet and never consume antibiotics or growth promoters.

It will come as no surprise that the fall vegetables available at the local Bet on the Farm and Downtown 3rd farmers markets, operated by “Intuitive Forager” Kerry Clasby, is as good as it gets for your Thanksgiving table. After all, this is the produce served at many of the top restaurants on the Strip, beloved by chefs from Mario Batali and Tom Colicchio to José Andrés and Rick Moonen.

But you can get your turkey from the farmers markets, too, and you probably should. These birds are raised on a vegetarian diet, are never fed antibiotics or growth promoters and are not genetically modified in any way. They come from BN Ranch in Bolinas, California, the latest project from pioneering rancher Bill Niman.

Kerry Clasby operates two farmers' markets in Las Vegas, at Springs Preserve and Downtown.

If you’ve dined at any of those fancy Strip restaurants, you’ve probably seen or heard of Niman Ranch, considered a paragon when it comes to sustainable, humane agricultural practices and producing some of the highest quality beef, pork and poultry in the country. Niman left his namesake company in 2007 and BN Ranch is today’s focus.

Check out eatlikeitmatters.com for all the info on these tender, flavorful turkeys. Here in Las Vegas, the heritage turkeys are $8.50 per pound and the white butterballs are $5.50 per pound. You can call Clasby at 818-388-1742 to reserve yours and pick it up on Tuesday, November 26 at the Downtown 3rd Farmers Market.

Grab some Egyptian flat beets, Heritage Harvest gem avocados, baby parsnips, Japanese mountain yams, sweet potatoes and other autumn goodies to round out your Thanksgiving feast at the Bet on the Farm farmers market, Thursday, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Springs Preserve; or at the Downtown 3rd farmers market, Friday, November 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the former bus terminal next to the Mob Museum, at 300 E. Stewart Ave.

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