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Our turkey came from the store!

By Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield.

The Monday before Thanksgiving has been turkey-butchering time for us for the last 15 years – until recently. We processed 28 turkeys two years ago before I started my “off farm” farm a week later.

I was telling my 70-year-old co-worker how much I was enjoying pulling beets and bunching collards and Tuscan kale rather than butchering turkeys.

Last year, we got a turkey from our neighbors, Carlea Farms.

This year, a store-bought turkey – embarrassing, sort of. Not really, though.

A local BBQ joint, Whispering Pines, was smoking turkeys over hickory wood if you carried your turkey to them. Jenifer was their first customer one morning.

She also bought a 4-pound boneless ham from Cassie at the Grateful Growers at the market

Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield;
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