Whew! Thanksgiving was tough this year, tougher than usual, but it is past and we are ready for the final push of the season, Christmas.
We are taking orders for farm-fresh and for smoked Turkeys for Christmas. Some years, we are the only Turkey farm in Maine offering farm-fresh Turkeys at Christmas. Many farms dress all birds at Thanksgiving and then pull them from the freezer to fill Christmas orders. To order your farm-fresh or smoked Turkey, just click on Our Products and scroll to the order form. Write in your order and send it to us. We will confirm by email. We expect to begin confirming Christmas orders by Dec. 8.
For Christmas, we have a strong supply of birds between 10 and 16 pounds. The supply of birds heavier than 16 pounds is limited but for now we can accept orders for those sizes. We will know more about sizes available after we dress some processing birds on Dec. 9. We expect to run out of larger sizes before long, so don’t delay in ordering.
And, thank you.
Thank you for finding our website. If you have received a confirmation by email or card, your Turkey is ready. Our farmstore on Route 27 in New Sharon is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, through Wednesday, Nov. 27. No matter the weather, our truck will make its scheduled stops for pickups at Orono on Monday, Portland and South Portland on Tuesday and Bath and Brunswick on Wednesday. Plan well so you don’t miss out. Your pickup hours and site are on your confirmation.
If you don’t have a confirmation, we don’t have a Turkey for you, which means we never received an order from you.
If you’re still looking for a farm-fresh Turkey, we have a handful of 9-pound Turkeys, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis at our farmstore. The response has been strong, and the last of them will be sold early today (Sunday).
We are taking orders for farm-fresh and smoked Turkeys for Christmas. To reserve one or more, go to Our Products and scroll to the order form. Fill it out and send it in. We will confirm Christmas orders after the dust settles from Thanksgiving.
Thank you again, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
If you’re still looking for a farm-fresh Thanksgiving, you can follow either of two courses. First, you can join our waiting list. To do that, click on Our Products and scroll to the order form. Fill it out and submit it. As we receive cancellations – we always have cancellations, usually a dozen or more — we make those birds available to people on the waiting list.
The second course is to come by our farmstore on Route 27 in New Sharon and pick up one or more of the very small Turkeys that we have dressed this week. These Turkeys are slightly smaller than 10 pounds. If you had in mind a larger bird, think about getting two of these wee birds. They are perfectly good birds, just small. They will go out on a first-come, first-served basis, without reservations. Our farmstore is staffed from 9 a.m. until at least 6 p.m. every day through Wednesday, Nov. 27, except that we will leave on Saturday about 4 p.m. You don’t need to call ahead to get the birds smaller than 10 pounds. They are available until we post on this website that they are all sold.
We reserved on Tuesday afternoon the last Turkey available for Thanksgiving. However, we keep a waiting list and every year about one percent of our orders are canceled. To get onto the waiting list, go to Our Products and scroll to the order form. Fill it out and send it in. If a Turkey comes available for you by Sunday afternoon (Nov. 24), we will notify you. If you don’t hear from us by late Sunday, you need to look elsewhere for a Turkey.
To order a farm-fresh Turkey for Christmas, just follow the procedure above, and we will confirm your order as soon as the Thanksgiving dust settles.
And, thank you for coming to The Turkey Farm for your Thanksgiving treat.
More than 98 percent of our Thanksgiving birds have been reserved. That was at 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18. If you want to order for Thanksgiving, move fast.
The only sizes still available are 10-12 pounds and 12-14 pounds. If you wanted a larger bird, you could order two of these small ones and let us know that you want a bigger bird if it becomes available.
We keep a waiting list, and people who wanted larger birds go onto that list. We will also put onto that list the names of people who missed the deadline but can wait until Sunday, Nov. 24, for the final word as to whether anything has come open for them. We almost always have a few cancellations in the two weeks before Thanksgiving. Sunday afternoon, we will notify people on the waiting if the bird they want has become available.
Maine’s top food show will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16 and 17, at the new Cross Center in Bangor. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are selling our sausages and other items there. Look for us at a corner table in the northeast part of the building. You can also order a farm-fresh Turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas there.
If you’re ordering for Thanksgiving but using this website instead of attending the festival, time is running out. We have taken reservations for more than 95 percent of the birds we will have available. If you act quickly, you can still get Turkeys between 10 and 16 pounds. Click on Our Products and scroll down to the order form, fill it out and send it in. We will confirm your order, but be patient. We will be away from the computer until Monday while we are selling at the Maine Harvest Festival.
More than 94 percent of our birds have been reserved for Thanksgiving. We have Turkeys available, though, between 10 and about 18 pounds. To reserve one or more of these Turkeys, go to the Our Products page on this website and scroll to the order form. Fill in the form, and we will confirm your order within 24 hours.
A helpful tip: If you wanted a Turkey larger than 20 pounds, consider ordering two smaller birds. For the meat equivalent of a 24-pounder, for example, order two 12s. They can roast side-by-side, and they will roast faster than the large bird.
The window for ordering is narrowing. We have reserved about 90 percent of the birds available for Thanksgiving, and the range of sizes available has narrowed. But you can still get farm-fresh Turkeys between 10 and 22 pounds. We are especially strong in the range of 10 to 16 pounds. If you wanted a bird larger than 22 pounds, consider ordering two smaller birds, say, two 12-pounders and roasting them side by side. Meat yield is the same, the roasting time is less, and the carver gets to show off twice at Thanksgiving dinner.
To reserve your Turkey or Turkeys for Thanksgiving, click on Our Products. Scroll to the order form, fill it out and submit it. We will confirm your order within 24 hours.
Thanks for your patience while we sorted out the situation with sizes of Turkeys for Thanksgiving. We still have a good supply of Turkeys between 10 and 16 pounds. We have a limited supply between 16 and 24 pounds. NO Turkeys heavier than 24 pounds are still available. If you need a real heavyweight, consider getting two Turkeys. They will roast together, so it would be best to get similar sizes.
To reserve your Turkey for Thanksgiving, go to our website, www.theturkeyfarm.com, and click on Our Products. Scroll to the order form, fill it out and submit it. We will confirm your order within 24 hours.
We have run into difficulty with the size of our birds for Thanksgiving. We knew last month that the Turkeys were not eating at the usual pace, and we had our feed analyzed by a laboratory in Ithaca. Turns out, our feed was not nutritious and was ground so fine that the Turkeys didn’t process what they ate. Even before the lab results came in, we switched feed suppliers, and the birds began eating at a normal pace. Eventually, most of them will grow to market weight. But probably not in time for Thanksgiving.
Result: For now, we cannot take reservations for Turkeys larger than 16 pounds. We will dress some birds for processing on Monday (Nov. 11), and we can judge then whether some of the birds will get up to market weights by Thanksgiving.
In the meantime, if you must have a bird larger than 16 pounds, please wait until we update this blog on Monday night. If we believe then that we’ll have more birds larger than 16 pounds, we will reserve them for customers first-come, first-served. Or, you could order two smaller birds. If you had wanted, say, a 22-pound Turkey, order two 10-12s. Roast them side-by-side, and they will cook faster than would the 22-pounder, and they won’t take any more space in the oven.
For birds smaller than 16 pounds, whether you want one or two or a dozen, go to the Our Products page and scroll to the order form at the bottom. Submit your order, and we will send a confirmation via return email.
We apologize for what has happened. Thank you for bearing with us.