Probably most of you will have a big old turkey as the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving get-together.  And, probably most of you will buy your turkey (frozen) from the neighborhood Hannaford, or Wegmans, Price Chopper, Aldi, or some other mega-grocery chain this year.

Here is a novel idea.  Buy your turkey from one of the more than 50 independent, mom-and-pop (and kids) owned family farms that raise these beautiful birds for our enjoyment.

The small turkey farms (and poultry farms, in general) can be found in almost every corner of the Empire State.  And while we are, um, talking turkey, did you know that there are more than a dozen turkey farms located on Long Island?

But, back to Upstate New York.  As you will see in this Thanksgiving gallery, each of the independent poultry farms mentioned here includes a direct link to the poultry farm, location, hours, and turkey-buying information.  It is always important that you remember if you are going to buy your turkey at an independent farm this year, do not wait until Thanksgiving week.  You will be totally out of luck.  In fact, most of the turkey farms will advertise their cut-off date for ordering, so keep an eye out for that.  We have mentioned them in the gallery.

So, consider the family poultry farmer at Thanksgiving this year.  You (and your celebration dinner guests) will not be disappointed!

"Gobble! Gobble!" These Upstate New York Turkey Farms Are Ready for Thanksgiving!

There are more than 50 poultry farms, many of them specializing in Thanksgiving turkeys, around Upstate New York. Here are a dozen where you can get your gobbler this holiday season!

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio

14 Exquisite Gourmet Cheese Shops in Upstate New York

Cheese production is a big business in Upstate New York. In fact, the Empire State is the fifth largest cheese-producing state in the US (Wisconsin is #1 of course).

What many don't know is that New York actually used to be one of the most dominant states in terms of cheese-making in the country. That was about 150 years back at this point. But there are still tons of delicious cheeses being produced in our state and we want to show them off.

Here are 14 of the best gourmet cheese shops in Upstate New York.

We hope you will visit them and when you do, don't forget to ...."say cheese!"

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio