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Phones ringing off the hook for farm fresh turkeys as Thanksgiving nears

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By: Melissa Randall

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Since 1935 Donald Baffoni's family has been raising turkeys. The birds follow the third generation poultry farmer where ever he goes.

"When we open the door to come in and check on them they all crowd around. They want to be near you. You feel like a rock star," Said Baffoni.

Inside the Johnston coups live 1,500 turkeys which they've raised since May. Today they are full grown. Most of the birds are destined for the dinner table. With two weeks to go until Thanksgiving, the farm is already taking holiday orders.

"The phone is ringing every 30 seconds and we're doing our best to pick up all the calls," said Baffoni. "I apologize to for anybody who thinks we don't answer the phone but we're doing the best we can."

The turkeys eat to pack on the pounds. They are allowed to run around outside. To the farmers it's all about quality, but this time of year customers are concerned with quantity, specifically, weight. The most popular size bird on the menu is between 18 and 20 pounds.

"It's a challenge, a very big challenge to make all the numbers mesh perfectly at the end," said Baffoni.

The farm will serve up about 1,200 fresh turkeys this Thanksgiving.  They sell the turkeys at a price of $3.59/lb.

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