It never ceases to amaze me...we're again getting flooded with emails and calls from people looking for a Thanksgiving turkey. Happens every year, the first or second week of November. I have to remind myself that for the typical consumer, they have no idea how early in the year these things sell out. They don't start thinking about turkeys until they start planning Thanksgiving dinner...which is right about now. Of course, the farmer must begin planning in April.
We sold out well over a month ago, and everyone else we know is also sold out. My advice if you want a farm-fresh turkey: contact the farmer over the summer. The customer coming today did just that. She's ordered several times from us in the past, and knew she needed to call in June or July. She's getting three nice large Bourbon Red turkeys today, along with several stewing hens and roasting ducks.
Speaking of farm visits, we had a nice visit yesterday with a family from the suburbs. They've been down before, and have a three year old daughter who absolutely loves our sheep and goats. The parents are immigrants from one of the former Soviet republics, and the woman's family had a traditional farm with fresh livestock. I'm just so happy we can supply this family something they miss from the old country, and that they are so appreciative of both the food and having a place they can take their daughter to maintain that connection to their food. They took 14 hens, 5 ducks, and several dozen eggs...and they want a lamb next year. Yum.