On November 24, 2007, Local Foods Connection distributed fresh, local turkeys to clients at the Mayor’s Youth Empowerment Program in Iowa City. The turkey distribution marked the end of the 2007 LFC season, and gave clients and volunteers the chance to meet each other and talk face-to-face. Local Foods Connection only distributes the highest quality food from local farms, and these turkeys truly held up this standard. The Thanksgiving turkeys came from Henry J.C. and Ila Miller’s farm in Kalona, which is less than 20 miles outside Iowa City, and were fed purely on organic grain and some pasture. Clients noticed the difference in taste of LFC’s delicious hormone and antibiotic free turkeys as compared to the mass-produced variety.
[Monika Ratner puts things in order during LFC’s turkey distribution.]
[An LFC farmer keeps track of her pumpkin angel food cakes at the LFC turkey distribution.]
In advance, clients were given the option to receive, instead of turkey, their choice of cuts of organic, hormone and antibiotic free lamb, which was raised on ZJ Farms by Susan Jutz and her family in Solon, only about 12 miles north of Iowa City.
Clients could choose from turkeys ranging from 9 to 29 pounds depending on the size of their Thanksgiving parties, and LFC volunteers guided them through this decision-making process with turkey cooking info pamphlets as well as large baking tins. Some clients, who chose one of the heavier birds, cooked them up and distributed some of their own turkey to friends not part of the LFC program.
[Henry J.C. Miller leans over to direct the distribution of his turkeys.]
[Dedicated LFC farmers and volunteers help to make the LFC turkey distribution a success!]
The turkey distribution also gave clients the chance to use their points earned through LFC nutritional quizzes and activities, such as visiting a farm. Some clients had saved up enough points to take home whole boxes full of high-quality cookware and cookbooks, which are donated throughout the year by local and national companies.
[LFC clients took advantage of the excellent cookbooks and cooking gear available at the turkey distribution.]
We want to thank the Mayor’s Youth Empowerment Program for generously allowing LFC to use their space, which played an integral part in making the 2007 turkey distribution such a success.
Read more about Miller Farm’s heritage turkeys in Wendy Wasserman’s article “What’s In Season” from the Fall 2006 issue of Edible Iowa River Valley (in pdf format):