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Turkey Time: Ohioans Giving Thanks to Local Farmers

November 9, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohioans can go "over the river and through the woods" to pick up their own locally-raised turkeys for Thanksgiving. The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is organizing the project, whereby consumers order and then pick up a fresh and sustainably-produced turkey for the holiday.

Executive director Carol Goland says there's no better time than Thanksgiving to be thankful for the land, local food, and the good farmers who grow it.

"What other holiday do we have where it is really about the food? There is no distractions from opening gifts or watching fireworks, or anything like that. The center of the story is really food and so it touches something very deep for people."

Goland says in the past they've had anywhere from 50 to 100 families participate. She says some even drive from as far away as Cleveland and Kentucky.

"Part of it is your own definition of what local is, but I think what everybody agrees on is that these are very fresh foods and the flavors are unique and really satisfying."

Goland says the program adds a mindfulness to the celebration of Thanksgiving. And she says the farmers are especially grateful.

"One of the things that is great on the producer end of it is that it provides them an influx of income here at the end of November, which is kind of an unusual time for them to be able to do that."

The project is in its ninth year, and this year the turkeys are pasture-raised by Fox Hollow Farm in Knox County and Tea Hill Organic Farm in Ashland County, without the use of hormones or chemicals.

The deadline to place an order is Friday, November 12. Pickup is on Sunday, November 21.

More information is available at www.oeffa.org


Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH