The end of October means the end of outdoor marketing for The Turkey Farm. When we set up on Oct. 31 at the Crystal Spring Farmers Market in Brunswick and at the Bath Farmers Market, it will be for the last time.
The indoor season begins on Nov. 6 with the Midcoast Winter Farmers Market opening in Topsham and running from 1 to 5 p.m. every Friday through April. The Topsham market is in the exhibition hall of the Topsham Fairgrounds. In Bath, the indoor season begins on Nov. 7 and runs from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday through April at the Freight Shed, downtown on Commercial Street.
While we are retiring on Nov. 27, the farm will continue. We are concluding a purchase agreement with Pauline and Tim Henderson of New Sharon and Wayland, Mass. They have been farming for more than 20 years. They plan to raise beef on their other farm in New Sharon and poultry on the farm they are buying from us. For this winter, it will be business as usual at The Turkey Farm, under whatever name the Hendersons select, and you can look for new offerings from the farm as the Hendersons settle in and explore uses of our farm that never occurred to us. It should be an exciting time for the farm and its customers.
As to Thanksgiving, the end is also near. We have reservations for more than three-quarters of the Turkeys available for Thanksgiving. Two size ranges (10-12 and 18-20) are sold out. Not much time remains for you to order Turkeys between 12 and 14 pounds or between 14 and 16. We expect 20-22 to sell out soon, as well. The price this year is $3.95 a pound, whether you pick up at our farm or at Orono, Portland, Topsham or Bath.
To order, go to the Our Products page, scroll to the bottom and place your order. We will confirm by email. The earliest we have sold out was Nov. 5. We may challenge that record this year.