Some Thanksgiving Turkeys Help Drive The Local Economy

Nov 27, 2014

When you sit down at Thanksgiving table today, you might not give much thought to where the turkey comes from. But an interest in buying local is helping area farms.

Some of the last of Baffoni Poultry Farms' turkeys. The farm sold some 1200 birds this Thanksgiving.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

There are dozens of turkeys currently at at Baffoni’s Poultry Farm in Johnston.  They're the only ones left. The farm has sold some 1200 birds this year; a record for owner Don Baffoni.  And while he can’t compete with grocery store prices, Baffoni said business is good thanks to resurgence in support for local farms. “It’s very rewarding to see that the people care, they’re coming out, they’re supporting their local farmer," said Baffoni.

Standing in line at Baffoni’s farm stand, Cranston resident Jane Sullivan said her family has been buying turkeys from Baffoni’s for generations.  “You have to call in a couple of weeks in advance because they sell all their livestock, and you don’t want to be left out in the cold without a turkey," said Sullivan.

Don Baffoni says most people will bake their turkeys in the oven this holiday, but his favorite way to prepare it?  “I can tell you what, when I put one on my grill, it’s like heaven," said Baffoni.

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