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This slow-grown, vegetarian-fed turkey will have you giving thanks

Looking for a delicious Thanksgiving turkey? You can't go wrong with Diestel.
Looking for a delicious Thanksgiving turkey? You can't go wrong with Diestel. Courtesy of Diestel

We first fell for Diestel turkey several years ago, in the form of meat loaf sold at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op’s hot bar. We since have grown fond of the Sonora ranch’s sliced, sandwich-ready turkey as well.

In all its incarnations, all year long, Diestel turkey – from slow-grown, vegetarian-fed birds – tastes Thanksgiving-fresh rather than turkey-loaf-processed. So it seems like a whole Diestel turkey (available at the Co-op and Whole Foods on Arden Way) would be a smart bet as centerpiece of your Thursday, Nov. 24, holiday meal.

Prices for raw birds start at $2.99 a pound at the Co-op, and $3.49 at Whole Foods, and rise with organic and heirloom designations. Whole Foods also offers cooked turkeys as part of take-out holiday meals.

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, 2820 R St., Sacramento, 916-455-2667, sacfood.coop; Whole Foods, 4315 Arden Way, Sacramento, 916-488-2800.

Carla Meyer

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