Thanksgiving Turkey

It’s crunch time at Heinen’s grocery store in Barrington with associates happily working overtime to provide all of the foods we could possibly need for this year’s Thanksgiving feasts.  The store’s fresh turkeys are arriving this week and Heinen’s chefs are busy making an array of delicious Thanksgiving side dishes and holiday desserts.  They’ve planned tastings in just about all departments throughout the store this weekend to help make the shopping experience easy, festive and fun as we prepare for the holiday.

Preparing for Thanksgiving at Heinen's Fine Foods
Preparing for Thanksgiving at Heinen’s Grocery Store

When it comes to the star of our Thanksgiving dinners, Heinen’s holds true to their tradition of providing the highest quality options for turkey to suit all tastes and price points.

Thanksgiving Turkey
Heinen’s offers seven brands of fresh and frozen turkeys to choose from.

To learn a little more about their selection, we recently talked turkey with company co-owner Tom Heinen and learned that they offer shoppers seven brands of turkeys to choose from, including three fresh and four frozen turkey options.

Post 200 - AmishTurkeyThough there is still great demand for their frozen Butterball, Honeysuckle and Kosher turkeys, Tom says demand for premium fresh, all-natural, farm-raised turkeys has grown significantly.

“60% of our turkeys are fresh turkeys.  That was probably inverted twenty years ago.”

Heinen’s most popular turkey is their Amish farm raised turkey available in 2 lb. ranges from 10-26 lbs.

“I think shoppers believe the Amish people put a little more care into what they grow and raise and I think that’s right.”

But Tom says a large segment of customers are choosing their fresh Ohio raised, all-natural, corn-fed, antibiotic free and free range Bowman and Landes Turkey at Thanksgiving, a choice he calls the “Cadillac” piece of their turkey selection.

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“With these fresh Bowman and Landes turkeys, the texture and flavor are what I would say are distinctively better.  They’re bred differently and raised very humanely to be a premium turkey.”

The turkeys are raised in the open air and sunshine on the 2200 acre Bowman and Landes turkey farm in New Carlisle, Ohio. It’s a fourth generation family farm founded in 1948.

“I think it goes back to the priority we place on knowing our sources.  We love working with small farmers and these Bowman and Landes turkeys fit perfectly with what we are looking to provide our customers.”

CLICK HERE for Heinen’s turkey options.

But quantities are limited so to reserve the size and kind of turkey you’d like for your table, drop by or call the Barrington store at 847-381-1332.

Tom Heinen in Barrington - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
Tom Heinen in Barrington – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

If you’re not interested in all of the Thanksgiving meal prep work and cooking, Heinen’s has you covered.  You can select the turkey of your choice from Heinen’s and they’ll cook your turkey in their own ovens for $15, carve it for $25 and have it ready and waiting for you to pick up with simple reheating instructions the day before Thanksgiving.

In fact, they’ll prepare your entire feast for you, if you’d like.  They’re offering the whole cooked turkey plus homemade gravy with your choices from a selection of Mashed or Herb Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole or Fresh Candied Yams, Crouton Stuffing, Green Bean Amandine and Cranberry Relish. They’ll also provide rolls and butter plus Heinen’s apple and pumpkin pies all for $14.99 per person.

Let Heinen's Prepare Your Thanksgiving Dinner
Let Heinen’s Prepare Your Thanksgiving Dinner

If you’d like to cook the turkey and simply want Heinen’s to prepare your sides, they’ll take care of that, too.  Additional side dishes include Grandpa Joe Heinen’s Sausage Stuffing, Corn Casserole and Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallow Nut Topping among many other scrumptious dishes, and they are available for tasting.

CLICK HERE for Heinen’s Prepared Meals.

Whatever your grocery and entertaining needs, Heinen’s is making it easy for shoppers to plan as much or as little time as they’d like to spend cooking this Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to call and reserve your family’s fresh or frozen turkey.  Store manager Mark Vrtacnik says their turkey orders are already ahead of last year’s and their side dish selection, pumpkin cheesecakes and pumpkin pies are becoming fast favorites among shoppers here in Barrington.

Heinen's Pumpkin Pie
Heinen’s Pumpkin Pie

Heinen’s recommends that we get our orders in early but the deadline to place your Thanksgiving dinner order with Heinen’s is this upcoming Monday, November 25th. To order your menu items, stop by the store’s deli or prepared food counters or give them a call at 847-381-1332.

Heinen’s grocery is located at, 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meatheads) in Barrington, Illinois.  They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Heinen's Grocery in Barrington, Illinois
Heinen’s Grocery in Barrington, Illinois

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