Give Thanks to Local Farms: The Heart of Thanksgiving in Chester County

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As we approach the season of gratitude and giving thanks, it’s time to reflect on the heart of our Thanksgiving feasts – the turkey. More specifically, where that turkey comes from and the dedicated farmers who raise them. In Chester County and the surrounding area, we are fortunate enough to have a wealth of family-owned turkey farms such as the Howe Farm in Downingtown and Loags Corner Turkey Farm in Elverson.

The Importance of Family Farming

Family farms are the backbone of American agriculture. They make up 98% of all farms and provide 88% of production. In 2022, more than 210 million turkeys were raised on about 2,500 farms across the United States, with the majority being family farms. The importance of these farms cannot be overstated, not just for the economy but for the preservation of our rural landscapes and communities.

The Value of Buying Local

When you buy a turkey from a local farm, you’re doing more than just purchasing a bird. You’re supporting your community, keeping money circulating locally, and helping to maintain the viability of family farming. Shopping local keeps four times the money in your community’s economy.

Moreover, buying locally often means better quality. Turkeys raised on local farms tend to be fresher, as they don’t have to travel long distances before reaching your table. This can result in a tastier bird for your Thanksgiving feast.

The Impact of Agriculture on Chester County’s Economy

Chester County’s rich agricultural heritage plays a significant role in its economy. From dairy farms and orchards to vineyards and vegetable growers, agriculture provides a substantial contribution to the county’s economic health. And let’s not forget about our turkey farms.

The Howe Farm and Loags Corner Turkey Farm are prime examples of local agriculture’s economic impact. These family-owned operations don’t just provide jobs and contribute to the economy; they also keep agricultural traditions alive, preserve open space, and offer residents access to fresh, locally-raised food.

Show Your Gratitude This Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, consider showing your gratitude by supporting our local farmers. Choose a turkey from the Howe Farm or Loags Corner Turkey Farm, and savor the knowledge that your feast supports your community.

As you gather around the table this year, give thanks not only for the bounty before you but also for the dedicated farmers who make it possible. Remember, every turkey has a story, and in Chester County, those stories often begin on a local family farm.

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