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Butterball shortage may be offset by local producers in W.Va.

By Erika Elaine Wells

The Journal

 

Journal photo by Erika Elaine Wells Farmer and blacksmith Eric Johnson spends the morning with broad breasted white turkeys that he raised on his family farm, Southwood Farm Forge, in Kearneysville.
Journal photo by Erika Elaine Wells
Farmer and blacksmith Eric Johnson spends the morning with broad breasted white turkeys that he raised on his family farm, Southwood Farm Forge, in Kearneysville.

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. – While some people are flocking to stores to scoop up a turkey for Thanksgiving, others are going the local route.

This year, consumers may seek more options when purchasing a bird for holiday meals after major turkey producer Butterball released a statement Monday about its shortage of fresh, large, whole turkeys.

Local blacksmith and farmer Eric Johnson of Kearneysville is preparing for the demand as he prepares pasture-raised, broad-breasted white turkeys for purchase at Southwood Farm Forge, his family farm…

…”Our birds are raised on the ground,” Johnson said. “We absolutely believe in this because we are very conscious about what we eat. We raise our sheep, cows, turkeys and chickens all on the ground.”

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