Thanksgiving at the farm

We pastured a number of turkeys for Thanksgiving. Because the minimum order required by most big hatcheries is more than we want, we have taken to purchasing poults at a hardware store that offers game birds on a couple of occasions each year. In addition to Broadbreasted Bronze, we’ve also raised Narragansetts and Giant Whites. In our experience the Bronze birds have always done best. Our Thanksgiving Tom dressed at 40 pounds; although he was well conditioned we thought the name of one of the bottles of wine which was to be served with dinner, humorous. The bird pictured yielded two turkey dinners for nine, one large batch of turkey soup, and perhaps 10-15 pounds of bagged meat for snacks, lunches, and the freezer.

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