Publisher’s Picks: Be the host with the most … exceptional turkey

Hosting Thanksgiving? Any one of these fresh bird selections should help you pull off an incredible meal. And, don’t forget to grab a glass of cider and raise a toast. Wishing our ROI-NJ family of readers a very happy Thanksgiving. Cheers!

— Tom Hughes, publisher & chief revenue officer

Gobble gobble 

Griggstown Farm, Princeton

Started in 1975 with a handful of quail, this farm is now 65 acres strong and produces an array of all-natural, free-range poultry available to the public. Besides the turkey, pick up a chicken pot pie — unbelievably delicious!

Price: From $4.19/lb.

Farm to table

Spring Valley Turkey Farm, Old Bridge

Fresh killed and processed only a few days before Thanksgiving, which provides for a shorter time between the farm and your table — and they are sold fully dressed and oven ready. Larger birds go quickly, so reserve early.

Price: $4.39/lb.

For the birds

Lee Turkey Farm, East Windsor

More than 3,000 turkeys are raised here each year and sold directly from the farm market. And this farm is 80 years old — do the math: that’s a lot of turkeys. Only the first 1,000 birds can be ordered in advance, all others are sold first come, first served, Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

Price: Varies