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CBC news: The Christmas rush is on at this local turkey farm

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Paul Larkin December 2016
Paul Larkin loads some of the 3,000 to 3,500 turkeys he will deliver just in time for Christmas. (Brian Higgin/CBC)

Thousands of fresh, oven-ready birds bound for local stores and homes
By Brian Higgins, CBC News Posted: Dec 22, 2016 7:00 PM AT – read on CBC.ca

Paul and Harvey Larkin are working overtime this week. The brothers are shipping out more than 3,000 fresh, oven-ready turkeys from their farm in New Glasgow, P.E.I.

Harvey Larkin said the fresh birds were processed and packaged Tuesday. (Brian Higgins/CBC)
Harvey Larkin said the fresh birds were processed and packaged Tuesday. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

“This is by far our busiest week of the year and Christmas is a turkey season,” said Paul Larkin. “Little corner stores have them as well as the Loblaws and the Sobeys in Charlottetown, Summerside and Montague.”

Neighbours are also dropping in to pick up birds to take home.

The farm is busy, with staff working inside two refrigerated tractor trailers, where they select and sort the birds, choosing them one by one as they fill each order.

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Paul Larkin stands in his barn that holds 4,000 free-roaming turkeys. The Larkin Bros. Farm, nestled in the hills of New Glasgow, produces 14,000 turkeys for households across P.E.I. during the Thanksgiving weekend.
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It’s always good to know where your food comes from, and Thanksgiving is no exception.

One of the biggest food holidays of the year, with Christmas and Easter following closely behind, one would be hard pressed to find a kitchen table in P.E.I. that didn’t have turkey as its main course.

And many of those turkeys have come from one place — Larkin Bros. Farm.

Nestled in the hills of New Glasgow, Larkin Bros. Farm started out small, gradually expanding from 10 to 14,000 birds.

The farmers work long, hard hours to ensure the birds are well looked after and that they have the right numbers to feed households from Summerside to Montague.

“Our dad purchased the farm back in 1975. At that time we were milking cows. We had some beef and pork, so it was a mixed operation. Then he started to grow a few turkeys for the family,” explained Paul Larkin. “We started with 15 or 20, and it gradually grew to 300 and continued.”

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