If you’re interested in raising your own turkeys, pigs or chickens for holiday dinners now is the time to start purchasing poults, chicks, goslings and piglets. If you don’t want to raise them yourself, now is the time to start searching for a local grower. I know that these purchases (pastured, free range, etc) can be expensive options but contacting a farmer now is the first step to enjoying humanely raised animals on these special occasions. Talk with them to set up a payment plan or put down a deposit. For $5 or $10 a paycheck you could secure your share, use your dollar to vote for humanely raised meat and support a local small farm. I’m not sure there’s a better gift to give or receive this coming holiday.