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Gobble, Gobble: Hoosier Turkeys from Indiana Farms

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love its simplicity, its focus on family and thankfulness, and certainly, the fact that it revolves around a delicious meal. While Indiana may trail a bit behind Minnesota and a few other states in terms of turkey production, we still rank near the top of the list.

According to Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Indiana accounts for just over 5% of the country’s turkey production, which amounts to about 15 million birds each year.

Several farms sell their Indiana-raised turkeys directly to the consumer. Below I’ve listed a few to contact if you want your gobbler to be of the Hoosier variety this year. I think a trip to the farm to pick up your table’s star attraction would make for a fun outing this time of year.

Please note: Most of these farms require pre-orders on turkeys, particularly at this time of year. Please be sure to contact them in advance to determine availability and pick-up options.

And in the spirit of the season, don’t forget to thank these hardworking farmers for all they do each and every day to feed us.

Thanks to Eat Wild for providing a list of Indiana-grown turkey producers who sell directly to consumers on their website. If there are any I missed, please add in the comments section below!

Photo courtesy of J.L. Hawkins Family Farm.

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Written by : Nicole is a stay-at-home mom and blogger living in Columbus, Indiana. She blogs about adventures at home and away with her husband and 2-year-old son at She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She spent seven years living and working in downtown Indianapolis following college. Nicole is always looking for fun, kid-friendly outing ideas. You can contact her via email or find her on Twitter at @arrowssentforth. Nicole receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.