Welcome to Don-O-Ray Farms: Your Source for Fresh Turkeys in Kelowna, BC!

At Don-O-Ray Farms, we believe that every holiday meal should be a memorable and delicious experience. That’s why we take great pride in offering you the finest, freshest turkeys in Kelowna, BC, and the surrounding areas. Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any special occasion, our farm-fresh turkeys are the perfect centrepiece for your feast.

Why Choose Don-O-Ray Farms Turkeys?

1. Locally Raised with Care
Our turkeys are raised right here in British Columbia, with the utmost care and attention. We prioritize their well-being and provide them with a natural, healthy environment to thrive.
2. Quality You Can Taste
We’re committed to delivering the highest quality turkeys to your table. Our birds are raised on a wholesome diet, free of antibiotics and additives, resulting in tender, flavorful meat that’s second to none.
3. Freshness Guaranteed
We understand the importance of freshness in your holiday meals. That’s why our turkeys are fresh, never frozen, so that you can enjoy the pure, unadulterated taste of farm-to-table goodness.
4. Sustainably and Ethically Raised
We believe in sustainable farming practices and ethical treatment of animals. When you choose Don-O-Ray Farms, you support responsible agriculture and the humane treatment of the BC turkeys we sell.
5. Variety of Sizes
Whether you’re hosting an intimate dinner for two or a large gathering of family and friends, we offer turkeys in various sizes from 12 to 18 lbs to suit your needs. You can be sure to find the perfect turkey for your celebration.

Contact Don-O-Ray Farms

To Pre-order! (250) 575-7806

Don-O-Ray Farms is your trusted source for fresh, locally raised turkeys in British Columbia. Celebrate the holiday season with a turkey that’s not only delicious but also a reflection of our commitment to quality and sustainability.

How To Order Fresh Turkey in Kelowna

Decide how many people you are cooking for and call
A 12 to 18 lb (pound) turkey can generally serve a group of people depending on their appetites and whether you have additional main dishes or sides. As a general guideline:
• A 12 lb turkey can typically serve 6 to 8 people.
• A 15 lb turkey can typically serve 8 to 10 people.
• An 18 lb turkey can typically serve 10 to 12 people.
These serving estimates assume a standard serving size of about 3/4 to 1 pound of turkey per person, which allows for some leftovers. However, individual appetites can vary, and if you have hearty eaters or want plenty of leftovers, you might want to go with a larger turkey or consider providing additional main dishes and side dishes.

Remember that it’s always better to have a little more turkey than you think you’ll need than to run out during your holiday meal. Turkey leftovers can be used in various dishes, such as sandwiches, soups, and casseroles, so having extra can be quite convenient.

How To Cook A Fresh Turkey

Cooking a fresh turkey is a rewarding and delicious endeavour, especially for holiday feasts and special occasions. Here’s a step-by-step guide to cooking a fresh turkey:

Ingredients and Equipment You’ll Need:

  1. Fresh turkey (size and weight according to your needs)
  2. Roasting pan with a rack
  3. Meat thermometer
  4. Kitchen twine
  5. Aluminum foil
  6. Basting brush
  7. Olive oil or melted butter
  8. Seasonings (salt, pepper, herbs, spices) for flavouring


1. Preparing the Turkey

a. Thawing (if applicable): If your fresh turkey has been stored in the refrigerator, it may not require thawing. However, if it’s partially frozen, make sure to thaw it completely in the refrigerator following the recommended guidelines for thawing time based on its weight.

b. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C) and position the rack in the lower third of the oven.

2. Seasoning the Turkey

a. Remove the turkey from its packaging and pat it dry with paper towels. Make sure the cavity is empty.

b. Season the turkey inside and out with salt, pepper, and any other desired seasonings. You can infuse flavour with herbs, spices, and even aromatics like garlic and onions.

c. For added flavour, consider rubbing the skin with olive oil or melted butter. This will help the skin crisp up and add rich, golden colour.

3. Truss the Turkey

Trussing involves tying the turkey’s legs and wings together to promote even cooking. Using kitchen twine, tie the legs together and secure the wings close to the body.

4. Preparing the Roasting Pan

Place the turkey on a rack inside a roasting pan. Elevating the turkey helps it cook evenly by allowing hot air to circulate around it. Add a cup or two of water, broth, or white wine to the bottom of the pan to keep the turkey moist and create flavorful drippings for gravy.

5. Roasting the Turkey

a. Tent the turkey loosely with aluminum foil to prevent the skin from browning too quickly. This also helps keep the turkey moist during the initial cooking phase.

b. Place the turkey in the preheated oven. Roast according to the turkey’s weight. As a general guideline, calculate approximately 15-20 minutes of cooking time per pound (0.45 kg). Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature.

6. Monitoring the Temperature

a. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh without touching the bone. The turkey is cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). For extra safety, you can check the temperature in the thickest part of the breast as well; it should also read 165°F (74°C).

b. Remember to baste the turkey with its pan juices every 30 minutes or so to keep it moist and flavorful.

7. Resting and Carving
Once the turkey reaches the desired temperature, remove it from the oven, tent it with foil, and let it rest for about 20-30 minutes. This allows the juices to be redistributed, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful turkey.
8. Carving the Turkey
Carve the turkey and serve it with your favourite side dishes and gravy from the roasting pan’s drippings.
Remember that these are general guidelines, and the cooking time may vary based on the size and specific recipe you’re following. Always use a meat thermometer to ensure your turkey is cooked to a safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) for thigh and breast meat. Enjoy your delicious, freshly cooked turkey!

Don-O Ray Farms Garden Fresh Vegetables and Fruits

Having a great selection of fresh produce to complement your turkey is key to creating a delicious and well-rounded holiday meal. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate these fresh ingredients into your turkey dinner:
1. Roasted Potatoes
Roast potatoes alongside your turkey. Toss them in olive oil, salt, pepper, and herbs for added flavour.
2. Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Brussels sprouts make an excellent side dish. Trim and halve them, toss them with olive oil, salt, pepper, and roast until they are caramelized and tender.
3. Corn on the Cob
Grilled or boiled corn on the cob is a classic side dish that pairs well with turkey. Serve with butter, salt, and your favourite seasonings.
4. Green Beans
Sautéed or steamed green beans with a drizzle of olive oil, garlic, and almonds can add colour and freshness to your plate.
5. Cranberry Sauce
Homemade cranberry sauce is a delightful accompaniment to turkey. You can make a simple cranberry sauce with fresh cranberries, sugar, and orange zest.
6. Stuffing
Remember stuffing! Fresh vegetables like celery, onions, and herbs can be used to make a flavorful stuffing that complements the turkey.
7. Gravy
Use fresh herbs and aromatics like onions, carrots, and celery to create a rich, flavorful gravy to pour over your turkey and side dishes.
8. Salad
A fresh salad with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and a light vinaigrette can contrast the richness of the turkey and other dishes.
9. Fruit
Consider a fruit platter or salad with fresh seasonal fruits like oranges, apples, or pears for a refreshing and colourful addition to your meal.
10. Dessert
• Remember dessert! Fresh fruit pies, tarts, or a fruit salad can be a sweet ending to your turkey feast.
Remember to season your vegetables and side dishes with herbs and spices that complement the flavours of your turkey. Fresh ingredients enhance the taste and add a touch of vibrant colour to your holiday table. Enjoy your meal!

How long can the fresh turkey stay in the fridge before cooking?

A fresh turkey can typically be stored in the refrigerator for a few days before cooking. The exact storage time depends on several factors, including the temperature of your refrigerator, the freshness of the turkey when you purchased it, and the “use by” or “sell by” date provided by the seller. Here are some general guidelines:

1. Use by Date: Check the “use by” or “sell by” date on the turkey’s packaging. This date provides a good indication of when the turkey should be cooked. To ensure its freshness and safety, cook the turkey before this date.

2. Refrigerator Temperature: Ensure your refrigerator is set to maintain a temperature of 40°F (4°C) or lower. Refrigerators at this temperature range slow down the growth of bacteria, helping to keep the turkey fresh.

3. Freshness When Purchased: If the turkey was very fresh when you bought it (i.e., purchased close to the processing date), it may stay fresh longer. Always ask your supplier for information about the turkey’s freshness and handling instructions.

4. Storage Duration: In general, a fresh, uncooked turkey can be safely stored in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days beyond the “use by” or “sell by” date. It’s best to cook it as soon as possible for the best quality.

If you need to store the turkey longer before cooking, consider freezing it. A properly frozen turkey can be stored in the freezer for several months, allowing you to enjoy it later. To freeze a fresh turkey, place it in an airtight freezer bag or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. Be sure to label it with the date of freezing for reference.

Always use your best judgment and follow food safety guidelines when handling and storing poultry. If there are doubts about the freshness or safety of the turkey, it’s best to err on the side of caution and not consume it.