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On to Christmas

While the Neal family has sold The Turkey Farm — we closed with Pauline and Tim Henderson on Nov. 27 — the farm goes on.  The Hendersons are taking orders for Turkeys for Christmas.  They expect a wide range of sizes.  Remember, Christmas is in less than four weeks.

To order, go to the Our Products page and scroll to the bottom.  Fill in and submit the form.  Until the website is switched over to the Hendersons’ computer, we will forward orders to them.  One caution, we don’t know what arrangements the Hendersons are making for remote pickups of Christmas birds at Orono, Portland, Topsham and Bath.  Specify where you want to pick up, and the Hendersons will contact you about the possibilities.

We will be away for much of early December, so you might not want to wait for us to forward your website order.  To avoid waiting, order by telephone at 778-2889, and leave your order with the Hendersons.  If you get voice mail, leave your name, size of Turkey you want, your preferred pickup site and your email or phone so they can contact you.

Thanks for 30 years of the Neal family at The Turkey Farm.  May this be the beginning of 30 years or more for the Hendersons.

One last opportunity on Saturday

The Turkey Farm will attend the Bath Winter Farmers Market on Saturday, Nov. 30.  We will be selling all available items at one-third off because the state agriculture department has forbidden the new owners of this farm to sell items we have made on the farm.  The new owners have told us the state’s order, which we received on Nov. 21, during the height of the Thanksgiving rush and five months after the state was notified of the sale of the farm, means unsold items left on the farm will go into the dumpster.

Come see us at Bath on Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon.  If there are particular items you would like at one-third off, send in an order, and we will take them to market for you.  No minimum order.  No maximum order.

You may still get at a last-minute Turkey

We have finished dressing Turkeys for Thanksgiving, and as we wrapped up, we found that we have a few Turkeys available between 24 and 27 pounds.  You may order one of these, or we can cut one in half if you want a Turkey smaller than 24 pounds.

We always estimate our supply conservatively so we disappoint people as little as possible.  This year, birds grew better than we had expected and orders generally were for smaller birds, which accounts for the oversupply of 24-27s.

For a last minute order, go to Our Products, scroll to the bottom of the page and fill in the order.  Send it to us, and we will save one or half of one of these big birds for you.  Our farmstore is open for pickup Sunday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (and until 8 p.m. on Monday).  You may also order for pickups in Portland, Topsham and Bath.  It is too late to order for the Orono pickup, but we will take some of these whole and half Turkeys on our truck for folks who show up wanting one.  Pickups:  Orono, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday at Silver’s Auto Parts parking lot.  Portland, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodfords Church parking lot.  Topsham, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Topsham Fairgrounds.  Bath, 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Freight Shed downtown.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Maine’s best food show is Nov. 14 and 15

If you haven’t attended the Maine Harvest Festival at the Cross Center in Bangor, you have missed Maine’s best food show.  Make up for that this weekend (Nov. 14-15) by visiting the show between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

You’ll find more than 50 farms, including ours, selling the food they have grown and in many cases, including ours, processed right on their farms.  You can see cooking demonstrations, hear wonderful music and visit the special section set aside for Maine-made libations.  And, there is food to be bought for eating right at the show.

Come see us.  This is our fourth (and final) Maine Harvest Festival.  If it is your first, you can continue the tradition.

Done and done. Thank you

We have finished the Thanksgiving ordering process.  Everyone on the waiting list has been sent an email telling them that we have a bird available for them through cancellation.  If you haven’t received such an email, we’re sorry, but we do not have any more Turkeys and if cancellations come in during the next week, we won’t have time to process the cancellations and make those Turkeys available to anyone else.

Thank you for your interest in our farm.  As we turn the farm over to new owners, Pauline and Tim Henderson, we hope you continue to use this farm, under whatever name the Hendersons select, as your primary source of high-quality animal protein.

Bob Neal

Cancellations offer hope

We have had a few cancellations, so Turkeys are becoming available for Thanksgiving.  So far, the cancellations have been mostly in the range of 20 pounds or heavier.

We will keep the waiting list open for a few more days, so if you are able to wait to learn whether we have a Turkey for you, go to the Our Products page and scroll to the bottom.  Put in an order, and if a Turkey comes available, we will let you know ASAP.  By the way, we can cut the larger Turkeys in half, so if you really can’t handle a 20-pounder, maybe half of a 20-pounder would work for you.

Thanks for your interest in our farm.


That’s it

We have taken reservations for all the Turkeys available for Thanksgiving.  Thank you.

In this final season, that is the earliest we have ever sold out.

There is some hope, though.  We will keep a waiting list of the next 20 people who order (starting at 1 a.m., Nov. 4) and will contact them by email if cancellations occur.  We always have cancellations, but, frankly, seldom as many as 20.  To get onto the waiting list, go to the Our Products page and submit an order.  We will email you if a Turkey becomes available during the next 14 days.  If you don’t hear from us, it means no cancellation made a Turkey available for you.

Now, as to Christmas.  The new owners, Pauline and Tim Henderson, who also have another farm in New Sharon and are managing a large farm in Massachusetts, have Turkeys on their farm in Wayland, Mass., that they will bring to New Sharon when they take ownership of our farm, which will be on Nov. 27.  Contact them right after Thanksgiving to put in a Christmas order.  You can use this website to place an order with them.  Be sure to specify that it is for Christmas.

Thank you for supporting us during our 30 years of Turkey farming.  It has been a most productive pursuit for us and, we hope, rewarding for you.

Going, going . . .

We have reservations as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, for 98 percent of the Turkeys available for Thanksgiving.  We expect to sell out today.

In these final hours, you can order by going to the Our Products page and scrolling to the bottom.  Then, see on the form what sizes are available, and if you want one of those send in your order right away.

We will stop taking orders when we reach 100 percent, but we will begin a short waiting list of about 20 people since we always have cancellations as we near Thanksgiving.

Thank you.

Bob Neal




At the wire

All Saints weekend has been perhaps the busiest weekend we have ever had for ordering farm-fresh Thanksgiving Turkeys.  The result is that we are almost sold out.  As of 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, we have reservations for 93 percent of the birds that we believe are available.

Most sizes are sold out.  We believe we still have a few birds in the 14-16- and 16-18-pound sizes.  We are sold out below 14 pounds and between 18 and 22 pounds.  Most of the birds still available larger than 22 pounds are in the 24-27- and, especially, the 27-30-pound ranges.

We will take a close count of the Turkeys on Monday afternoon, Nov. 1, to see what sizes, if any,  remain available.  Then, we will process orders until the birds are all spoken for.

So, go ahead and order, and we will confirm it if we can fill it.  If we fell we cannot fill the order, we will email you our regrets.  To order, go to the Our Products page and scroll to the bottom.  Place the order and we will get back to you.

Stay tuned.







Almost there

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.