W.Va. Farmer Offers Locally Grown Turkeys

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - A Kearneysville farmer prepares for the demand of customers wanting locally grown turkeys for Thanksgiving.

Eric Johnson raises white turkeys for purchase on his family farm, Southwood Farm Forge. His family began raising turkeys 20 years ago.

Johnson says his customers prefer not to eat store-bought turkeys.

Earlier this week turkey producer Butterball announced it would have a limited supply of large, fresh turkeys that are 16 pounds or heavier for the holidays. CEO Rod Brennerman says he doesn't know why the birds didn't plump up in time for Thanksgiving.

The turkeys at Johnson's farm average between 15 and 17.5 pounds and cost $5 a pound. Customers put down a deposit and pay the balance the Monday before Thanksgiving when they pick up their turkeys.

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