It’s a Bird, It’s a Frog, Let’s Eat It!

Though Thanksgiving is long over, there is no end in site for the madness at Miloski’s Poultry Farm, Long Island’s largest turkey farm. Busy, busy, busy. Located at 4418 Main Road in Calverton, they have been in business since 1946. Now operated by Mark Sr. and Mark Jr., Miloski’s is the place for fresh poultry, dairy and exotic meats.

Miloski’s sells organically-fed turkeys that you get to pick out yourself (the staff prepares your bird and brings it to you). They sell both cooked and uncooked turkeys; you just need to give them the size you’re looking for.

Miloski’s is by no means just a turkey farm, though. They sell pies, chickens, Long Island duckling, Muscovy duck and goose, poussin, squab, pheasant, guinea hen and even quail. Two items that are really big sellers are the pierogies and blintzes.

Maybe you want something already prepared? Well, they have that too. Rotisserie chicken, duck, BBQ spare ribs and chicken wings are all on offer.

One thing that makes Miloski’s unique is that they sell exotic meats. Things like yak, venison, ostrich, rattlesnake, alligator, elk, kangaroo, wild boar and frog legs. Ideal for the person who likes to try new foods. Mark Sr. goes onto explain, “we are hoping to expand on our exotic foods, and more and more types will be available.”

“Thanksgiving is over, but we still sell a lot of turkeys. People eat them all year round and especially around the winter holidays. Items that sell the most during the holidays include duck, chicken and turkey.”

Other items available at Miloski’s include such tempting treats as stuffed cabbage, pot pies, babka, fruit pie, turkey soup, rice pudding and cold salads (potato, macaroni, cole slaw, three bean, turkey and chicken).

Buffalo, a healthy alternative to beef, is also sold at the farm. Buffalo burgers, ground, franks, roast, jerky, steaks, salami, sausage, stew meat and tenderloin are all available.

Miloski’s raises 4,000 turkeys a year, which are both grass and grain fed on the 24-acre farm. The farm offers free-range ducks from Crescent Duck Farm in Aquebogue.

They started selling exotic meat including buffalo in 1990, after Mark Jr. was diagnosed with iron deficiency. Buffalo is known for its rich amount of iron and other healthy benefits.

“We raise the turkeys from August to now, saving about 100 for Christmas,” notes Mark Jr.

A favorite meal of mine is roast duck. Popular around the holidays including Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving, you can find them at restaurants all over the island. But why not try cooking it for yourself? For a sweet and spicy glaze you will need ¼ cup of honey, ¼ cup of molasses, 3 tablespoons of orange juice, one tablespoon of soy sauce and 1-½ tablespoons of Sriracha chili sauce.

Now for the bird. First score the skin, cut off excess fat, and poke it all over. Next add salt and truss. Roast the duck for one hour at 300° (breast side up), then an hour breast side down. Repeat this process twice, poking on each flip. Now for 10 minutes turn it up to 400° (breast side up). Brush with your glaze and finish at 400° for 10 minutes. Rest, carve and serve. Enjoy!

Whether you’re looking for fresh, organically-fed turkeys, exotic meats like rattlesnake, kangaroo, or ostrich, Miloski’s Poultry Farm has all your needs covered. Maybe you just want a nice rotisserie chicken and some potato salad. Whether it’s for the holidays or a party, Miloski’s can do the catering or get you all the essentials needed to have a delicious celebration.

 

Miloski’s Poultry Farm, 4418 Middle Country Road, Calverton,631-727-0239

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