|Two of my nieces and my nephew|
I am also very thankful for the abundance of food we had on our table this evening as I know there are many people in this world who don't have that either. And all the food we had was so yummy too!! I felt very honored to be able to make the turkey this year for my family. I've only made a turkey maybe once or twice before in my life. This time however, we wanted to do something a little different...a little more conscientious. We decided to get a fresh turkey from a local farm.
|My family pigging out|
This local farm is called Haskins Family Farm, located in Middletown, VA. They frequent our local farmers markets here in Loudoun County so they were easily accessible and they were very helpful as we had many questions, never having gotten a fresh turkey before and not really knowing what to expect. We ordered the turkey about a month ago and then Wednesday met them at the farmers market location to pick it up, freshly processed and packaged.
|turkey still in the package|
This morning I opened the package and pulled out the turkey. If you've never gotten a fresh turkey, be prepared to still see a little blood here and there and of course you may have to pull out the giblets and the neck yourself. Thankfully these folks did remove the giblets for us and put it in a nice little bag but the neck I did have to remove myself. It was pretty gross I have to admit. I don't have the strongest stomach for that kind of stuff but I just kept telling myself..."don't think about it, you have a job to do!" And I kept trudging forward.
|neck (left) giblets in bag (right)|
But I then gave the turkey a nice cool bath in the sink and gently dried her off with paper towels.
|just got a turkey bath|
|getting a massage|
Oh yeah...don't forget to support your local farms!!! Its good for them and you!
P.S This is my sister-in-law's (Heather) cherry white chocolate cheesecake pie. It also was very yummy and looked so pretty I just had to take a picture to share with you!