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Thanksgiving a busy time at The Fowl Farmer

By Don Fennell

Published 4:12 PDT, Fri September 25, 2020

Contrasting the shorter days that accompany the autumn season, The Fowl Farmer is in the midst of one of its busiest times of the year.

While a global coronavirus pandemic has altered the normal course of most people’s lives, folks at this local, made-in-BC success story are teeming to fill requests for the staple of traditional Thanksgiving dinners: turkeys.

“We sell fresh JD Farms turkeys, and we began taking pre-orders weeks ago and preparing to have our store fully stocked,” said manager Jaime May. 

“Thanksgiving is our second-busiest weekend of the year. People are purchasing turkeys, and while they are here they stock up on fresh produce, fresh and frozen poultry, our local BC artisan products, our homemade pies and more. We will also have fresh cranberries available for those who love cranberry sauce.”

Due to the store capacity being limited, and the time it takes to properly sanitize and clean, Jaime anticipates Thanksgiving weekend could be even busier than usual this year. She said staff are offering to choose products for their customers to limit time spent inside the store.

Nestled on historic farmland at 15539 Cambie Rd. in East Richmond, the family-run business is owned by the May family, who has been dedicated to the undertaking for the last seven-plus years.

And The Fowl Farmer’s owners also want to support fellow farmers throughout the province by selling other made-in-BC products, including strong support for artisans.

“Usually vendors approach us with their items to try, and we also have attended trade shows and farmer’s markets,” explained Jaime.

Artisan items at The Fowl Farmer range from Gormands Mother of Rub cinnamon to Domo Tea elixo cold blaster to Bear N’Beaver root beer and ginger beer, and a wide selection of jams from the Salt Spring Kitchen to freshly-frozen BC spot prawn tails. There’s even the opportunity to pick up something for your dog: Critter Cookies.

Jaime said though turkey is definitely the basis for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, they also sell a lot of roasting chickens, turkey pieces or roasts for those who don’t want to cook a whole bird. 

Like the poultry that remains at the core of the business, the store is stocked with products that speak local. Here you’ll find such produce as homegrown tomatoes, BC beets, green cabbage, celery, plumbs, pears, peaches and nectarines; cheeses from Smits and Co. in Chilliwack; and a good selection of Island Farms dairy (a co-operative on Vancouver Island since 1944).

It’s not surprising that since opening its doors in October 2012, The Fowl Farmer has grown to become a hometown favourite for those wanting quality, local products.

“We love to support local,” says Jaime. “Our customers appreciate the emphasis on local, quality product and we appreciate our customers.”

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