I would appreciate some input here. I ordered a bird from Holliston - Outpost Farms. They want $2.19/lb for a fresh bird - not organic. Natick Community Farm is selling a frozen bird for $2.79/lb frozen organic freerange bird. I had this last year and it was fabulous. I noticed checked out the place in Needham - the name escapes me. I don't think they are organic. I noticed that Whole Foods is selling fresh organic birds for $1.79/lb.
I speculate that my Natick Farm bird was so tasty because of its natural feed and the relative freshness - they are slaughtered and processes about two weeks before thanksgiving.
I also think that processing is a big factor - if the birds are passed through communal baths of hot water to remove feathers the fat layer between skin and fless gets melted.
Can anyone comment on the the Whole Foods/Plainfield Farms bird? I'm guessing that this is a mass production bird?
I have read the Cooks Illustrated. I think if you get a fresh, properly processed bird you don't have to fuss with brining or Butterball Chemical injection to have a moist bird.