This season, gratitude is the attitude, and an average dinner is replaced by a traditional holiday feast. When planning your Thanksgiving meal, be sure to carve out time to choose the right turkey. For the best birds in the Region, visit your local Strack & Van Til Meat Department.

Choose from a variety of fresh, frozen, organic and locally raised turkeys that are perfect for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays and watch your guests gobble them up.

Purchasing your poultry ahead of time? Strack & Van Til Meat Department Director Gary Teachman recommends a frozen turkey such as Norbest, Butterball or Butterball Farm to Family All Natural Turkey. He also has some sage advice: “Keep the turkey frozen in your freezer, defrost it a few days before Thanksgiving and check the label for defrosting instructions since your bird’s defrosting time depends on its weight.”

With Frozen Norbest Tender Timed Young Turkey there’s no guessing on cooking time. Each bird has a pop-up timer, so you know when it’s ready. This tender, juicy turkey is mountain-raised and deep basted throughout with Norbest’s natural turkey broth and natural seasonings. It’s gluten-free, with no added fats, oils, sugars or MSG, and this Grade A premium quality turkey is backed by Norbest’s total satisfaction guarantee.

Is Butterball your family’s tradition? Pick up a flavorful Butterball Frozen Whole Turkey from the Strack & Van Til Meat Department. Raised without hormones on American farms, high-quality Butterball Frozen Whole Turkey is all-natural and gluten-free.

Farm to Family by Butterball is raised without any antibiotics ever, fed a vegetarian diet based on whole grains and given room to grow on family farms. Farm to Family demonstrates Butterball’s commitment to making delicious, nutritious and affordable food in a responsible way.

Mary’s Organic Frozen Turkey is the perfect organic option. Raised on a third-generation farm, this free-range bird is fed a vegetarian diet with no added hormones and no antibiotics ever. It contains no preservatives and is gluten-free.

If you favor fresh turkey, the Strack & Van Til Meat Department has fresh Honeysuckle White, Butterball, Butterball All Natural or “local” Ho-Ka whole turkeys.

“Since there’s no need to thaw, fresh, all-natural, high-quality whole turkey saves time,” notes Teachman. “Pick up your turkey a day or two before you need it and keep it in the fridge.”

Honeysuckle White Fresh Whole Turkey was the first turkey brand raised without growth-promoting antibiotics at a reasonable price. Tender and juicy, this turkey is pre-basted for exceptional flavor.

Enjoy fresh, all-natural Butterball Whole Turkey or select the perfect organic option. Butterball All Natural turkey is fed a whole-grain vegetarian diet, raised without antibiotics and given room to grow on family farms.

Like to shop locally? Try something deliciously different: A fresh Ho-Ka Turkey from Kauffman Turkey Farms in Waterman, Ill. This hearty tom grows more slowly and develops a richer flavor and denser texture. For more than 80 years, Kauffman Turkey Farms has raised range-grown birds and is one of the last independent, family-owned and operated turkey farms with its own dressing plant in the country.

Worried about prep time? Don’t let it ruffle your feathers. Try a quick and simple cook-in-the-bag turkey, including Jennie-O Boneless Breast, Butterball Boneless Breast and Butterball whole bone-in varieties. Even quicker is the Butterball Fully Cooked Turkey Breast, which can be warmed in 45 minutes or served as is. Pick up all the sides and trimmings in the Deli Department for a holiday meal made easy.

Make your turkey “thyme” an easy time, and focus on your holiday feast, with the best selection of turkeys from the Strack & Van Til Meat Department.