Belwing Turkey Farm celebrates 70 years

By: Melissa Randall

Ahead of Thanksgiving lots of people are flocking to area turkey farms to pick up their holiday bird. At Belwing Acres Turkey Farm in Seekonk customers gathered as early as 6:30 Tuesday morning hours before the roadside farm stand even opened.

 “They have the best turkeys. I’ve been buying from them for 50 years and I’ve never been disappointed,” said Sondra Medwin of Cranton.

Police officers directed traffic on route 44 throughout the day. Cars line the road and the lines wrapped around the parking lot. Co–owner Roslyn Dickens says about 1,000 people will pick up one of their turkeys by the end of Wednesday.

The family has owned and operated the farm on Taunton Ave for 70 years. Dickens says being the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinners for their loyal customers keeps her and her sister going.

“85– 90%  of our business is repeat customers– many for decades. So we’re important to them and they’re important to us,” she said.

That sentimental feeling runs deep.

“You get to meet friends that you see once or twice a year and you talk about what’s been going on and so it’s like a little family,” said John Mowry of Cranston.

“Everybody exchanges ideas and cooking tips and recipes and it’s just a friendly place,” said Medwin.

The remaining birds on the farm will be saved for Christmas dinner. Dickens says at that point most people have moved on to ham or roast. The turkeys are grateful.

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