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The Story How We Got Turkeys

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

August 22, 2022

While we expected to add turkeys this year we were not quite ready (more mentally than physically).

The characters include Scott & Amy. We got to know each other from when we both attended the same church and they bought a half beef from us. Their son Hunter worked with me two summers ago while waiting to start Air Force Basic Training (he is currently serving in South Korea).

Amy started helping process chickens not long after we built the USDA plant and after Eric quit last July she jumped right in and helped Beth with eggs until Scott had shoulder surgery earlier this year. Scott is a DAV.

Scott & Amy had purchased a house with some land with the intent of becoming more self-sustaining. Still a work in progress (it is a journey and not a destination adventure).

So, mid April Amy calls early Wednesday morning in somewhat of a panic. Seems she had just received a call from the Petal Post Office (they call about 6:30am) that her baby poults (turkeys) had arrived for her to pickup.

She has no brooder or post brooder infrastructure to raise turkeys. What to do? I know, I'll call Ben & Beth.

So, we agreed to raise them with the broilers. And since we had just received a new batch of chicks it was not big deal. After all there are only 10 of poults. No big deal - right?

Two weeks later her phone rings and it is the Petal Post Office again. Your baby poults have arrived and ready for you to pickup - they like you to pickup soon as they can be noisy.

So, we are now raising a second batch as well.

I'm not sure, but rumor has it that Scott no longer has a credit card! haha


The turkeys have actually done very good. They spent 3 weeks in the brooder and 5 weeks times two with the broilers before getting their own space.

They are so funny! When you walk up they run up to you to say hello - glad to see ya. When you move them forward they are right there with you looking for bugs and stripping seeds off the grass.

And, we have more turkeys coming in August & September that we will start out with the broilers as well. No, Scott did not order these!

We really appreciate Scott & Amy's friendship and the blessing they have been to us here on the farm.

***RESTOCK ALERT*** The following items were restocked Friday, August 5th
Ground Beef
Bacon Burger
Hanger Steak

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Lastly, Beth & I thank you for trusting us with your food dollars.

** Product Availability Update **

Chicken -Restocked Thursday, July 28th. Next harvest date is August 10th with restock the following day

Eggs - Eggs are still tight but better. Thanks for your patience and remember to check our website each Wednesday just before YOUR delivery.

Beef - Restocked FRIDAY July 22nd.

Pork - Fully Stocked except
bacon. Pending a harvest date with processor

Lamb - Next harvest date is later this fall.

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