It’s that time! Black Friday is creeping up on us, as are the holidays in general. What does that mean for us on the farm? We’ve been caring for a small flock of future Thanksgiving meals for a few months now. Some of you saw them when you came to pick up your chickens a few weeks ago. Some have seen them on our Facebook page. And some of you might not want to see them until they are ready to go in the freezer. If you are interested, simply send us an e-mail, and I’ll send you the order form. farmers at adalynfarm.com
We are raising broad-breasted birds again this year on pasture and organic feed. They will, however, not be quite as old when we butcher them, so the average weight will be a little lower. We expect them to range from #18 to #24. Last year the average was #30. As seen below, birds that size can cause issues such as back strain trying to get them into the oven..
So how do you get in line for one? Well, some of the savvy folks who got chickens from us handed us a deposit of $60 for a turkey when they picked up their chickens. That means that we have only 6 remaining turkeys, so you might want to get on the bandwagon quickly. Last year we literally had dozens of phone calls the week or two before Turkey Day, of desperate folks looking for local, organic, pastured birds.
This year, the pastured turkeys will be $5.50 per lb. The butcher weekend is coming up soon, October 25th to be exact. Yes, you will need to plan freezer space for these beasts. Last year when we butchered in November the weather was so cold the feathers were freezing to the work surfaces, so this year we opted for a weekend that should be above 40 degrees.
So, if you are interested, just send us an e-mail, and we will send you the order form. Your place in line (and weight preference) will be determined by the order you get your deposit into us. Oh, and while you’re at it, let your friends know about us (after you get your deposit sent in of course!). We will have more of the same goodies next year. We are tentatively planning on spring piggies, and possibly two batches of meat chickens… But that information is better saved for another post…
– The Adalyn Farmers