Let's talk turkey for a minute, shall we? Being that this is the season for turkey dinners across the USA, I thought I would engage in some turkey talk for this blog post.
Just outside Battle Creek, Michigan, North of Marshall we have the locally owned and operated ‘Cornwell's Turkeyville Farm and Restaurant' where you can go enjoy some good food (usually turkey related) all year long.
In fact they are open for Thanksgiving, and guess what they are serving? That's right: Turkey. So when we are talking turkey, it is hard not to wander on over to Turkeyville, which is a great place for the kids too. Turkeyville boasts an incredible ice cream shop, hay rides for the kids, eclectic gift shop and a dinner theatre. So if you just do not want to cook your turkey this year, consider taking the family to Turkeyville.
Okay, so what if you want to cook your turkey, and do not want to buy one general grocery store chain ones with 8% injected hormones and juices? Well, I discovered an awesome place online where you can go to get a turkey from a turkey farm.
There are organic, and pasture fed turkeys and many other varieties. The best thing is you can punch in your location in the country, find your turkey and place your order right online, and a farm raised turkey will be shipped directly to you! Pretty cool huh? Here is the website address: www.localharvest.org.
Now before all of you late Thanksgiving turkey buyers start scrambling with this good news, I should prepare you. Most of the local farms are sold out, and you won't have enough time to get it before the big day in this year.
However there is hope for perhaps your Christmas dinner. You will also find that this site is a great resource all year round for farm grown goods. My wife and I have a few local farms we get organic vegetables and eggs throughout the year.
Now, some of you might be asking, what about a little history of turkey and Thanksgiving in this turkey talk? Okay, here some little tidbits. Did you know that the early pilgrims did supposedly hold a feast at Plymouth plantation, Massachusetts in 1621, but their common name for turkey was all inclusive any wild fowl they shot? That's right! There could very well have been duck or geese instead of the ol' turkey at that original feast.
Do you know which President officially proclaimed the first Thanksgiving holiday? As President, on October 3, 1789, George Washington issued a proclamation and created the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of America.
The date and holiday was changed by several Presidents over the years, including Adams and Lincoln. It was not until December 26, 1941, however, that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill into law officially making Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November.
So how did you enjoy this episode of turkey talk? (By the way, all the turkeys in this blog post were photographed by myself just about a month ago at Turkeyville.)
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