Low and behold, I found that Fresh Direct is carrying Martha Stewart-branded turkeys -- who knew? I'd heard that Martha was doing a line of hams for Costco, but turkeys are new news to me. At $2.99 per pound, it's pretty affordable and definitely a better deal than the "heritage" turkey offered at $7.99 a pound. A little googling revealed this tidbit from the Star-Ledger:
About the Martha Stewart young turkeys: The 10- to 24-pound fresh turkeys, produced in partnership with natural turkey-grower Plainville Farms, are vegetarian-fed and antibiotic-free. They’re available at Kings and McCaffrey’s supermarkets and online at marthastewart.com/turkey. For Thanksgiving delivery, the online turkeys, which are frozen for shipping, must be ordered today before midnight. Online prices are $69.99 for a 12-pound turkey and $89.99 for an 18-pounder.I'm definitely tempted to give Marty's turkey a try. My only hesitation is that I won't have control over the size of the bird: It says approx. 11 lbs., but in my experience FreshDirect's estimates can be way off: A recent whole chicken we ordered was more than 5 lbs. (huge!) instead of the expected 3 1/2.