As Thanksgiving approaches, many people are thinking about what to make for dinner. Many of our friends will go to the grocery store to buy a Butterball turkey from one of the factory farms. The big-breasted, fatty turkeys are cheap. If one takes a moment to imagine the lives of those turkeys, he or she would reconsider having a Butterball as the centerpiece of a very special meal. This year, we will be eating one of our own heritage chickens raised in our backyard instead.
Next year, we have decided we want to raise our own turkey dinner and we want to extend that opportunity to our family, friends and neighbors as well. Glenn will be placing an order with Porter's Rare Heritage Turkeys this week. The poults will arrive on our farm in late May, and will be ready to eat during the holiday season. We will raise the turkeys with kindness and respect. They will be free to eat a normal turkey diet (bugs, mice, plants and anything else they forage) and will be supplemented with local feed.
How can you get involved?
1. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you would like to purchase a turkey (please let us know ASAP!). We are ordering:
3. Please visit your turkey! We think this is a great opportunity for children (and adults) to learn about where their food comes from. Turkeys are really friendly and children (and adults) love to hear their gobbling sounds. Oh, and pony rides are free, too.
4. Any turkeys not claimed will be sold at $7-8/pound in November and December.
Next year, consider helping out a local, family-owned farm, keeping rare turkey breeds from going extinct and sticking it to the "man." Or buy a store turkey....