Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Turkey Talk

Have you ever seen a more beautiful specimen - I believe this guy is called a bourbon red? Can you guess where I am?
Lindenhof Farms - home of Axel Lindenhof - the sign still reads home of Lindenhof Guernseys - this used to be a dairy farm run by Axel's parents. Today Axel and his family raise a variety of livestock for meat and egg production -
And their specialty - your Thanksgivng Dinner - turkey! I hope you enjoy this visit to Lindenhof's - it is so important for you to appreciate where your food comes from - no farms, no food. I am always so excited when our producers invite us to visit their farms and businesses - it is truly an honor to be given the opportunity, and they are so gracious to take a break from their busy day to show us around.
And folks, when Axel says his turkeys are free range - he means it - they are pastured and allowed to feed on grasses and more. Did you know turkeys are "seasonal" - Axel gets his peeps (baby turkeys) starting in February - and come Thanksgiving those birds are ready for our Thanksgiving table. This year her has about 1000 birds.

These white turkeys are a conventional bird - the kind most of us are accustomed to eating at Thanksgiving.
This gaggle of turkeys are some of Axel's heritage breeds - they have predominantly dark meat and are simply delicious. And - unfortunate for you - they are sold out - Axel has pre-orders for all of his heritage birds.
Here's Axel with one of his turkeys - what a great couple!
Turkeys are not the only animals the Lindenhofs raise - they also have pigs.
These guys are fattening up nicely.
They all wanted their picture taken for the blog!
Now this little lady is just hanging out - isn't she a beauty.
Gorgeous! - I just love her ears!
These fellas are pasture raised and grass fed - very handsome.
 I had to snap a photo inside of Axel's beautiful barn - the barn is civil war era - and the graining of the barn wood and hand hewn beams is stunning. If you're wondering why there are gaps in the boards - it's intentional - these gaps allow for air flow through the barn.
I hope you enjoyed our visit to Lindenhof's - thanks Axel.

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