Bird Is the Word

It's turkey time again

In about a week, you'll probably start your frenzied Thanksgiving planning. But by then it may be too late.

Too late, that is, to nab one of Belcampo's pasture-raised turkeys ($7 per pound), birds that spend their days on a 10,000-acre ranch near Gazelle, California.

Founded by Eat Real Festival organizer Anya Fernald, Belcampo's plans include the opening of a slaughterhouse in late summer 2012 and full-service butcher shops that carry the Belcampo product line.

In the meantime, Belcampo is hosting "Meat Ups," providing consumers with an opportunity to try the birds. Order your turkey in either a heritage Broad Breasted Bronze or the more classic white breed. Game birds and duck confit and terrine are also available for advance ordering online, with pickup in Oakland on either November 22 or 23.

You can also preorder now for a beef-centric December Meat Up, scheduled for December 22 and 23.

When you stop by to pick up your gobbler, plan to eat: Belcampo will be serving fried egg and chicken salad sandwiches, and corn dogs made with Belcampo's wagyu beef hot dogs.

And if you're still feeling overwhelmed? Last-minute supplies, like potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin and eggs, will also be available.

Belcampo; belcampomeatco.com