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Thanksgiving looms, Turkey supply shrinks

You may have read that there is a serious shortage of native Turkeys this year. And you may know that we are retiring next month and that our flock is barely half the size it was last Thanksgiving.  For both of those reasons, we are selling out rapidly.

As of Oct. 28, we have sold 56 percent of our birds and we are yet to get final orders from three large customers who give more than 100 Turkeys to their employees.

We are sold out in the range 10-12 pounds, and Turkeys between 18 and 20 pounds will be gone before long.  The supply of humongous Turkeys (30-plus) is dwindling.

To order, go to the Our Products page and scroll to the bottom.  Send in the completed form, and we will confirm your order by email. The price is $3.95 a pound, whether you pick up here at the farm or at one of our remote sites (Orono, Portland, Topsham, Bath).

The new owners of our farm expect to have plenty of Christmas Turkeys, and you can order from them after Nov. 26.

Thanksgiving ordering

Finally, we can set the price for farm-fresh Turkeys for Thanksgiving.  Sorry to say, feed prices started back up this month, and we have to take that into account in setting our price.  So, the price per pound is $3.95.  If you see another price on the website, it is wrong and will be corrected soon.

Sorry for the delay in getting to this.  We had hoped to set the price by Oct. 1, but billing for the feed deliveries was late, and we had to run the numbers to project our costs for the holiday Turkeys.

By the way, we have stopped taking reservations for Turkeys smaller than 12 pounds.  The beautiful autumn has the Turkeys eating more — Turkeys on pasture eat more in the good weather, less in the rain — and they are not likely to dress off smaller than 12 pounds.


Two birds with one stone

Orders are trickling in for Thanksgiving, but expect the pace to quicken.  Here’s how to order and have a great day of food shopping as well.

We are taking orders at both of our farmers market, Brunswick and Bath, and at our farmstore.  The markets are abrim with summer and fall goodies, including the best Turkey items you can find.  Last week, fresh corn was still offered at the Crystal Spring Farmers Market in Brunswick, as well as the new batch of Turkey-apple-leek sausage that we produce each autumn.  And, we’re offering Mama Stamberg’s cranberry relish (the one on public radio).  It is always popular, so this year we extended the season by a few weeks.  Fall veggies are in, and many summer vegetables are still in good supply, especially from our friends at Fairwinds Farm and at Applewald Farm, both of whom sell at Crystal Spring.

Now, about ordering.  While you’re at market, stop by our stand for apple-leek sausage and Mama’s and to order for Thanksgiving.  We’ll take the order and hand you a confirmation card with directions for picking up the Turkey at Topsham the day before Thanksgiving.  At Bath, we will take your order and your email address and send you an email confirmation with directions for picking up your Turkey the day before Thanksgiving at Bath.

And, our farmstore will be open Friday fro 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so you can shop and order here, as well.

If you can’t get to us in person, go to the Our Products page on this website and scroll to the bottom.  Fill in and send the order form.  We will confirm by email.  Keep in mind that in our first 29 years, we sold out 28 times, as early as Nov. 5.  We are raising fewer birds this year since retirement impends, so don’t risk waiting too long.  Order soon.

Ready or not, time to order for Thanksgiving and Christmas

We are taking order for farm-fresh Turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We will have the website updated soon, but you can order now and avoid the rush.  Just go to our products page, scroll to the bottom and place your order.  We will confirm by email as soon as we can.

We plan the same pickups as last year:  the farm, Orono, Portland, Topsham and Bath for Thanksgiving; the farm, Orono, Portland and Topsham for Christmas.  We will set the price in the next few weeks when we see what the cost of feed looks like for the rest of the season.  Expect the price to be between $3.79 (last year’ price) and $3.99 a pound.

If you have questions about our Turkeys or about ordering, just call 778-2889 or send us an email at or send a question at the bottom of the order form.  We’ll reply as soon as we can.

Some like it hotter

It’s Spicy Saturday this week at our farmers markets.  We will feature our smoked Andouille (cooked Cajun sausage), curry sausage, chorizo (Mexican sausage) and spicy breakfast sausage.  All come in natural links and all but Andouille come in loose pack, as well, so you can sauté or grill them up or you can make patties or crumbles.

We will sample these sausages throughout the market day at Brunswick and at Bath.

The Crystal Spring Farmers Market in Brunswick runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  It’s on the Pleasant Hill Road near the Woodside Road, about a mile from downtown Brunswick.  The Bath Farmers Market runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the waterfront downtown.

Come see us on Saturday.

No markets the last weekend in January

Because of the snow falling in Southern Maine, our farmers markets for Jan. 30 and 31 are canceled.  We expect to be back next weekend, though.  The Topsham winter market will run from 1 to 5 p.m. every Friday, Feb. 6 through April 26.  The Bath winter market will run fro 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday, Feb. 7 through April 27.  We take all of our Turkey items to both markets.

We expect to be able to open our farmstore on Jan. 30 and 31, but we have had a devil of a time keeping up with plowing snow this week.  If you want to come to the farmstore, it is best to call ahead at 778-2889.  If we can keep the driveway and the parking lot clear, we will be open.

We hope to see you soon, whether at market or at the farm.  Thanks for your patience.

Winding down toward Christmas

All the birds we dressed for Christmas have been reserved.  Thanks for thinking of us.

If you have received a confirmation of your Christmas order, the pickups are today and tomorrow.  If you have not received a confirmation, we do not have a Turkey for you.

PIckup at our farmstore is today (Monday, Dec. 22) and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  We are closed Christmas Eve.

The Portland pickup is 11 to 11:30 a.m. today on the parking lot of the Woodfords Church, 205 Woodford St.

The Topsham pickup is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow in the exhibition hall of the Topsham Fairgrounds, just off Elm Street (Route 24) or just off the Topsham connector (Route 196).  Follow the signs.  The full Midcoast Winter Farmers Market will be open tomorrow at the exhibition hall so you can pick up Christmas veggies and baked goods as well.  There is no Topsham market on Boxing Day, but on Jan. 2 the market resumes its regular hours of 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays.

Merry Christmas.

Last call for Christmas

Christmas is a week away, and Hanukkah has begun.  We still have a few farm-fresh Turkeys for these last-of-the-year holidays.  We have birds between 12 and 17 pounds.  We also will have breast roasts and thighs if you’re feeding just a few or if you want to augment a whole Turkey with additional farm-fresh meat.  We are among a handful Turkey growers in Maine who fresh dress in December.

As usual, we have pickups at Bath, Orono, Portland and Topsham.  Our farmstore will be open for pickups on Dec. 22 and 23.

Interested?  To order, click on Our Products (above) and scroll to the bottom of the page.  Full details are there about the pickups.  Fill in and send in the order.  We will send an email confirmation, and you are all set for yet another holiday feast of farm-fresh, pasture-raised, drug-free Turkey.


Order for Christmas

The chaos of Thanksgiving is behind us, and, as always, we have farm-fresh and smoked Turkeys  for Christmas.

We dressed more than 1,200 Turkeys at Thanksgiving, including all the large birds.  We are taking reservations for Christmas Turkeys between 12 and 16 pounds.  If you need more meat than a 16-pounder will yield, here are a couple of options.  Order two small Turkeys.  Two 12-pounders yield the meat of a 22-26 pounder.  Or, order one small Turkey and then order a breast roast and/or thighs.  Each 2-pound roast adds the meat of about four pounds of whole Turkeys, so a 14-pound Turkey plus a 2-pound roast equals an 18-pound Turkey.  Each thigh adds the meat of about two pounds of whole Turkey, so a 14-pound Turkey plus two thighs equals an 18-pound whole Turkey.

To order, click on Our Products above and scroll down to the order page.  Submit your order, and we will send an email confirmation after Dec. 14, when we return from vacation.  Christmas pickup at the farm is Dec. 22 and 23.  The Topsham and Portland pickups will be Dec. 23, the Bath pickup Dec. 20 and the Orono pickup Dec. 21.

Storm is coming, so pick up your Turkey early if you can

If you ordered a farm-fresh Turkey for Thanksgiving, we are open today until 8 p.m.  We will be open tomorrow and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  But the forecast includes the possibility of a serious winter storm on Wednesday, so pick up as soon as you can.

We are sold out for Thanksgiving but will have farm-fresh Turkeys for Christmas, though of limited sizes.  The larger birds have been reserved.

Because of late losses of birds (after we had reserved all the birds), we are dealing with two problems.  First is that we had to cancel several  dozen orders.  Those customers were notified by email last week.  The second problem is sizing.  We can provide Turkeys for all who still have reservations, but the sizes may vary.  To supplement the Turkeys for those who must take a bird smaller than they had ordered, we have breast roasts and thighs to go with the Turkey.  Some customers may prefer to take two small birds, say, 10 or 11 pounds apiece, when they had wanted a 20- or a 22-pound Turkey.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we believe we can send everyone away from our store with the amount of farm-fresh Turkey they had wanted.