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Before there were supermarkets, before Whole Foods and Wegmans and Shop Right landed on Rt. 1 (like the Martian invaders of Orson and HG Wells’ combined imaginations), there was a Di Paola’s raising turkeys right outside of Trenton. It’s still there.
No doubt, 60-odd years ago, the corner butcher in Trenton featured Di Paola’s turkeys. Today, you’re lucky if the corner store can make a decent turkey sandwich. Instead, you’ll just need to make the surprisingly short drive to the Di Paola farm, still run by the same family, to find a fresh, locally grown whole-turkey, turkey breast, or (possibly) the finest Italian turkey sausage on the planet. (Rumor has it that aliens landed just to purchase a package of Di Paola’s sweet Italian sausages).
Just beware, the local farm store hours are quite limited, normally 3 days per week. On Thanksgiving week, hours are even more limited: Monday & Tuesday, 9 AM – 5 PM. The store is cash only, and Thanksgiving turkeys are currently (2015) priced at $3.59/lb. While you can try showing up Thanksgiving week, to be sure you can get the turkey you want you should reserve a bird in advance. The easiest way to do that is via email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. (full instructions are on the De Paola website on the Grow NYC page).
Bring it home and cook it up. You’ll discover why the annual pilgrimage to Di Paola’s is a tradition among so many long-time residents of Mercer County.