Big box stores, such as Kroger or Meijer, typically only sell ice-cold turkeys.
But Root’s Poultry, located on West State Street, caters to clientele seeking either fresh or frozen birds.
At $3.29 per pound, Root’s Poultry owner Mark Damschroder said the top-branded fresh turkeys cost a bit more than frozen turkeys. The turkeys range from 10 pounds to 30 pounds.
But many people pay a bit more for fresh turkeys because they:
• Stay good longer, allowing people to eat leftovers for several days.
“The leftovers tend to be more favorable,” Damschroder said. “You can have leftovers for three days in a row and they are still moist.”
• Cook faster and are easier to handle.
“You don’t have to mess around with thawing a turkey and don’t have to deal with the mess,” he said. “With a fresh turkey, it’s just a matter of taking it out of the bag, pulling the neck and giblets out, rinsing it and cooking it.