From the country...
The ladies are not slowing down anytime soon. It will be definitely an egg Christmas around here! (lots of baking, egg gift giving and egg breakfasts for guests).
30 of the 45 turkeys residing in the barn will make their way to the abattoir next week and end up as the main feature in many a Christmas turkey dins. That should make chores a little easier for this rotund farmer, waddling my way to the barn with full buckets. The 15 left behind will live another season hopefully proving themselves useful in the breeding pens and hopefully meaning more turkeys for sale next winter. This years brood didn't last long before customers snatched them up. If all goes well this could turn out to be a profitable venture (a girl can dream right?). It feels really satisfying to see something through to the end and know that you gave your livestock the best you can offer (quality feed, raising them on pasture, letting them live the most natural life possible) and then knowing that these beauties will be someones special Christmas feast.
The food we eat should be this special!
Lets take time to find a farmer who cares and direct our money elsewhere then the Butterball from the grocery store and chose our meat that actually had a life. A life that was respected from the pip of the egg to the humane slaughter. It feels so self satisfying to be a farmer and be able to cherish life and respect the meat that goes into my family's bellies. I will sure savour and cherish my heritage turkey stuffed with a our own sausage dressing this Christmas and might even shed a tear or two because, the gift of raising your own meat and growing your own vegetables to share with your loved ones is an amazing gift.
Egg nog anyone?