Homegrown turkey dinner: Family produces meals on urban farm

Homegrown turkey dinner: Family produces meals on urban farm

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -

You might be feeling a little stressed as you prepare for Thanksgiving dinner, but you probably had the luxury of buying your bird at the grocery store.

One east valley family that spent all year raising their turkey and they plan to eat it on Thanksgiving.

The dad in this family is a police lieutenant.  They're an every day family that chose to live off their two and a half acres when their little girl began having food allergies and for the past few days, they've been planning for one of the most important meals of the year.

Just off the Loop 202 in Chandler, Rachele and Randy Wilson run a farm.  They raise ducks, cows, chickens and even their Thanksgiving turkey.

"Well, we start by buying just a little bitty baby turkey, then the kids and I just kind of all help raise it," said Rachele.

The 51 pound bird named Thanksgiving, became a part of the family, just like the ducks.

9-year-old Garret and 7-year-old Tanner understand that their feathered friends will someday become food.

"They've seen it from day one, so it's kind of always done it so it's just a natural part of our lives," said Rachele.

The children help butcher the animals.

"We'll kinda just set a day aside and we'll butcher chickens all day, clean up and put 'em in their freezer," said Rachele.

In their refrigerator, you can find frozen beef, birds, pork and dairy.

"This is cheese wrapped in wax," said Tanner.

Having your own farm clearly comes with a lot of benefits, but it comes with a lot of hard work too and everybody has to help.

"Feed the chickens, the ducks, clean the poop, clean our dogs' poop," said Garret.

More work takes place in the garden.

On Thursday, these peppers will become part of a truly homemade meal.

"It's just nice knowing that you did it yourself too.. you didn't go out and buy it and put it on your table," said Rachele.

They're also making homemade bread and ice cream using the cows' milk.

 

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