Thursday, September 21, 2023

Laurie Triplette’s Thanksgiving Turkey Run


Each November, food writer and cookbook author Laurie Triplette makes the trek to Zion Farms in Primrose, Mississippi, to pick up the pasture-raised turkey that graces the Thanksgiving table at her home in Oxford, and this year was no exception.

Despite rainy, 27-degree temperatures on the Wednesday before the holiday, Laurie set out early with a camera crew to bring home the 19.3 pound bird that she will first soak in a brine and then slowly roast in her Brinkman smoker.

Laurie is a huge proponent of locally sourced meat and produce. As she puts it, “Not only is locally produced meat and produce healthier for you, but it supports our economy.”

— Tad Wilkes,