Tennessee Ag Commissioner: Buy local for the holiday season

NASHVILLE —Even though Thanksgiving is eight weeks away, now is the time to order local meats for your holiday table.

“Locally raised turkeys for Thanksgiving tables is a tradition,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “Buying directly from producers means you’re getting the freshest meat and increasing income for a local business.”

Many farmers take reservations for their birds and supplies are limited, so the sooner you reserve, the better.

“When you purchase a fresh turkey from our farm, you are not only getting a bird raised in West Tennessee harvested just a few days before Thanksgiving, you are also supporting first generation farmers,” David Hochreiter, owner of H&H Farms in Henry County, said.

Land Basket Farm in Hamblen County can help with your holiday feast. “Land Basket Farm is offering a limited number of fresh, pasture raised and rotational grazed, whole turkeys for pick up on November 19 and 20. A deposit secures a turkey and people can find out more on our website,” farm owner Kevin Jacobi said.

HPA Farms in Rutherford County is accepting preorders now, according to farmer Jonathan Powers. “We are proud to offer local Thanksgiving turkeys for our customers again this year. We have different sizes and there are a few birds left for preorders. We encourage people to reach out soon to ensure availability,” Powers said.

Your holiday table isn’t limited to turkey. Many other Tennessee farms offer popular meats, like rack of lamb, cured ham, and beef tenderloin and steaks. Find a farm and make your meat and poultry reservations now with Pick Tennessee Products, a free service provided by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Find a farm with the Pick Tennessee Products app or online at


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