BRIMFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mark Haley is very busy- packing the turkeys he raises on his Brimfield farm, for sale to customers who want a fresh local bird on their Thanksgiving table.
It is a tradition started by his grandfather more than 50 years ago, and Haley’s Turkey Farm is now one of the few turkey farms remaining in western Massachusetts. Haley noted that it is a difficult, high-cost industry, but he finds this a rewarding business in spite of some aggravation.
“Our feed company that we’ve been doing business with out of Connecticut- Manchester, Connecticut- they ended up going bankrupt. We had a difficult time finding a new food sources. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be,” Haley said.
Still, there is a strong demand for local turkeys, and Haley is nearly sold out of birds for this season. Soon, customers who have ordered turkeys will gather at Haley’s feed store in Palmer to pick up their birds.
Haley told 22News 80 percent of his clientele is repeat business. His turkeys range in size from 18 pounds to more than 40 lbs, at the cost of $3.99 per pound.