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Thurman poultry farm holding Grand Opening Sat. Sept 14

Don and Michelle Whtiefield pause from their work to feed sunflower stalks to several of their free-range turkeys at Whitefield's Farm of Thurman. The couple will be holding a  Grand Opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Sept. 14 at the farm, on Mountain Road — just take a right off High St. a few miles from the Thurman Town Hall in Athol. The event is to celebrate their new state licensing as a poultry processing facility, which means they'll be able to sell to sell their poultry as well as poultry sausage and prepared meat products to restaurants and retail outlets.

Don and Michelle Whtiefield pause from their work to feed sunflower stalks to several of their free-range turkeys at Whitefield's Farm of Thurman. The couple will be holding a Grand Opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Sept. 14 at the farm, on Mountain Road — just take a right off High St. a few miles from the Thurman Town Hall in Athol. The event is to celebrate their new state licensing as a poultry processing facility, which means they'll be able to sell to sell their poultry as well as poultry sausage and prepared meat products to restaurants and retail outlets. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Whitefield’s Farm of Thurman will be holding a Grand Opening celebration heralding their new poultry processing facility — recently licensed by the state. The event is to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Sept. 14 at the farm, on Mountain Road a mile or so up High St from the Thurman Town Hall in Athol.

All are invited to visit the farm.

The operation is owned and operated by Don and Michelle Whitefield. To date, they have produced a limited quantity of naturally raised chickens and turkeys for sale at farmers markets in the region, and now they can expand their operation and market through new venues.

With the help of neighbors, family and friends over the past two years, the Whitefields have converted a portion of their historic stone barn into a state-licensed poultry processing facility.

Stemming from their work and investment, Whitefield’s Farm will now be able to sell their cage-free, all natural turkeys and chickens — highly regarded by discerning individuals in the area — to restaurants and retail outlets. The new state permits they obtained also allows them to sell a variety of poultry products, including turkey and chicken sausages and ground turkey.

At the Sept. 14 Grand Opening event, samplings of the new products will be available, and tours of the new processing facility and barn will be conducted. Also, a raffle for a Thanksgiving turkey will be held. The shop will be open for sales of our poultry and other products of the farm.

“Please join us in celebrating this new venture,” Michelle Whitefield said this week.

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