1 Getting into the holiday spirit, I visited the turkey house at Stone Barns last week. Here's an assortment of male and female turkeys of various breeds, going in every direction.
2 Adult male Bronze turkeys are fascinating to behold. I love their dramatic iridescent plumage, their carunculated (bumpy) bright-red and blue heads, and the long fleshy red wattles growing from their throats.
3 Here you can also see the long red flesh ornament (snood) growing from the forehead over the bill.
4 You can imagine all the noise and hubbub generated by this crowd! I love to fake a gobble gobble and get, in return, a cacophony of gobbles from the turkeys!
5 I am not afraid of these gentle giants and always enjoy seeing them up close. The open hoop houses are very clean, and the turkeys are released outdoors everyday. They are clean, well fed, and very healthy.
6 By Tuesday, the turkeys had been slaughtered and were ready for pickup. Our first stop was Stone Barns, a food and agriculture center dedicated to a healthy and sustainable food system.The very celebrated Blue Hill Restaurant is located in this complex.
7 Another view of the beautiful Stone Barns. Built in the 1920s by John D. Rockefeller as his dairy barns, the complex was converted several years ago into Stone Barns by John's last surviving son, David Rockefeller.
8 A welcoming sign points the way. It guided us to the Stone Barns market.
9 Here's Mike Fiore, my Property Director, heading to the Stone Barns market. It was crowded with people picking up their holiday provisions.
10 The Shop at Stone Barns offers an assortment of cookbooks, homeware and gift items for year-round shopping - not just the holidays. I did notice the store does not stock any of our wonderful cookbooks!
11 Here's Craig Haney, Livestock Director at Stone Barns, with one of my Broad Breasted White turkeys. I submitted my personal order four weeks ago for three turkeys: two Broad Breasted Whites and one heritage breed - a Bronze.
12 We brought coolers filled with ice in which to transport the turkeys.
13 This is Marina Sapan, one of the Educators at Stone Barns, helping load the coolers into the truck.
14 Our next stop was Harvest Moon, in North Salem, where we loaded the truck with more turkeys, ordered weeks ago for the staff at my farm.
15 Christine Tartaglia in the main cooler of Harvest Moon. Hundreds of turkeys are raised at this farm for the Thanksgiving market.
16 Mike checks the turkeys to make sure they're the right size.
17 Harvest Moon owner Kevin Corino gives us a hand with the final load.
18 Back at the farm, Mike distributed the turkeys - here's Chhiring getting his bird. I have asked each of my staff to photograph their roasted birds for all of us to see.
19 This is Phurba, obviously delighted with his bird!
20 Here's the entire grounds crew with their holiday turkeys. From the left: Wilmer, Ryan, Phurba, Gengi, Pete, Chhiring, and Chewang. Everyone with a Nepalese name is a Sherpa.
21 And Dolma Sherpa, Sarah Levins, and Betsy Perreten received their birds at the stable.
22 From my farm and all of us, to your home, and all of you - warm wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!