neighbors with the best birds year after year, becoming part of their customers’ annual holiday traditions. Also, supporting local farmers keeps valuable farmland in production and out of reach of potential developers.”
Adds Chester County Ag Council Director Hillary Krummrich, “Supporting our local farmers is a great way to show how thankful we are for all the hard work they do all year long.”
What about some thanks for the turkeys themselves? As Wells observes, “Turkeys are expected to play an integral, and personally unrewarding role in many American celebrations. They may not have made it as our national bird, but surely they
deserve to be recognized as honorable citizens.”
Note: For a short, Jurassic Park-like video of a flock of wild hens and poults some friends and I encountered several years ago, go to https://youtu.be/ SzDroSQXoTs. The car radio just happened to be on, providing the perfect eerie soundtrack.
Pam Baxter is an avid organic vegetable gardener who lives in Kimberton. Direct e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send mail to P.O. Box 80, Kimberton, PA 19442. Join the conversation at “Chester County Roots,” a Facebook page for gardeners in the Delaware Valley. Go to Facebook, search for Chester County Roots, and “like” the page. To receive notice of updates, click or hover on “Liked” to set your preferences.