Festively Free-Range: Where to buy Your Holiday Turkey

A group of turkeys at the Saanichton Christmas Tree farm

For many, a beautiful turkey is the key aspect of their holiday meal. But it’s increasingly becoming important for people to buy locally raised, free range meats and poultry. This includes animals raised without the use of hormones, antibiotics and chemicals, and those that are not caged in restricted and unnatural environments. When deciding to go for food that meets such criteria, those living on Vancouver Island can support the local economy and supply a healthier option for family and friends. Here’s a list of locations on Vancouver Island that offer organic, grain-fed, free-range, locally raised, and drug free options for your cranberry-smothered, stuffing-filled, gravy-doused Christmas bird.




Saanichton Christmas Tree Farm
8231 East Saanich Rd and 6999 West Saanich Rd, Saanichton BC. (250) 652-3345



Ireland Farms
1910 Meadowbank Rd, Saanichton BC. (250) 652-3251 Email: irelandfarms@shaw.ca


Mill Bay:


Myson Farm

2915 Cameron Taggart Rd, Mill Bay BC. (250) 929-7115 Email: morningstartile@hotmail.com


Terra Nossa
765 Kilmalu Rd, Mill Bay BC. (250) 743-7484 Email: Pereira.bc@hotmail.com



Stonefield Farm
1114 Deerwood Pl, Mill Bay BC.(250) 743-3861 Email: stonefield_farm@yahoo.com




Mon Plaisir Farm
5266 Sooke Rd, Sooke BC. (250) 642-1088 Email: monplaisirfarm@shaw.ca




Quist Farms – Cowichan Valley Meat Market
5191 Koksilah Frontage Rd, Duncan BC (250) 746-8732


SOL Farm
4077 Lanchaster Rd, Duncan BC. (250) 737-1879 Email: schacht@shaw.ca



Cowichan Bay:


Cowichan Bay Farm, 1560 Cowichan Bay Rd, RR1 Cowichan Bay BC. (250) 746-7884 farmer@cowichanbayfarm.com



You can also buy your turkey from your butcher or specialty food store. A few places to check out are:

Slaters Meats (250) 592-0823

The Village Butcher (250) 598-1115

The Root Cellar

Niargara/Fairfield Grocery

Thrifty Foods


The Market Store


Island Meat and Seafood (250) 382-3331



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