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Turkeys sell for up to $14 a pound

Turkeys sell for up to $14 a pound

NEW YORK, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- New York markets are selling upscale Thanksgiving turkeys for as much as $14 a pound -- translating to $168 for a 12-pound bird.

Retailer Dean & Deluca said it is offering the D'Artagnan wild turkey, which is billed as "farm-raised from the original wild breed," for $14 a pound as well as the Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch Heritage free-range turkey, which the store calls the "Mercedes-Benz" of turkeys, for $11 per pound, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

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Harry Rosenblum, co-owner of The Brooklyn Kitchen, said he sold wild turkeys for as much as $150 per bird last year but this year he is offering the less expensive $5.99-per-pound turkeys from Pennsylvania Amish farms.

Some shoppers said they are suspicious of the more expensive fowl.

"I think they all grow up on the same farm," said Dawn Christie, 42, who paid 39 cents a pound for her turkey.

"It doesn't have to be organic. Just season it properly."

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