The final result was still dinner, but these birds had it good to the end
In the Fournier Free Range Food mobile processing trailer, Doug Hamm cleans a fresh turkey from Julie's Happy Hens in Mont Vernon.
On the wild side: NH turkey factsHere are a few facts about your Thanksgiving dinner’s wild cousin from the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game:
• From 1854 to 1975, wild turkeys were extinct in the state.
• A flock of 25 turkeys released in 1975 restored the population.
• There are an estimated 40,000 wild turkeys roaming the Granite State today.
• In 2012, hunters took 3,873 wild turkeys.
• Males grow to be 18 to 24 pounds, while females weigh around 10 pounds.
• Turkeys feed primarily on plants but enjoy occasional insects.
• At night, turkeys sleep on branches of trees to avoid predators.
Last weekend, knowing that the turkeys weren't long for this world, Whitcomb took them for long walks in the woods around Trow Farm, and let them gobble to their hearts' content.
Fournier has a culinary arts degree and worked at a variety of restaurants, hotels, and nursing homes. But he got his start at a local farm.
"It's worth having him come out and clean the birds properly," Gelbwaks said.
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