Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES -

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 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 pcbax­ter@ver­i­, 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.

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