What’s on Elaine’s plate?
Elaine’s favourite turkey dish to prepare depends on the season and number of guests. During the barbeque season, she loves making turkey burgers. During the cooler months, the family favourite is turkey schnitzel or a turkey breast roasted in the oven with a tasty rub of garlic, rosemary, lemon and thyme.
Elaine’s husband Tom, had his passion for turkey farming passed onto him by his parents, Harry and Frieda. Today, the farm continues to be a family affair, with Tom, Elaine and their children, Justin, Adam and Lindsay (pictured with Elaine) all involved in the operation of the farm and retail outlet.
Approximately 200,000 turkeys are grown on the farm each year. Elaine says she has seen the farm evolve over the years with technology and efficiency of equipment being key factors to the growth of their farm.
Elaine admits that one of the biggest challenges of being a turkey farmer today is educating the public on how the turkeys are raised in the healthiest and happiest environment possible, from poult to plate. The farm’s goal is to raise turkeys with the least environmental impact to the land, air and water.
She mentions, “I feel the secret to success of our turkey farm is the compassion, commitment and devotion of family, as we all take much pride in raising the finest turkey available on the market.”