Mountain Meadows Farm

  (Hatfield, Arkansas)
Sustainable Farm Living
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We have quality turkeys ready for Thanksgiving!  Place your orders now by emailing us at or call Mary at 479-234-8245.  For regional deliveries (Mena, Hot Springs, Ft. Smith, or Fayetteville, AR areas) or farm pick-up. 

We raise turkeys all Spring, Summer, and Fall and sell them as they are ready at 16 weeks. Our family and customers have grown to appreciate and enjoy turkey for times other than Thanksgiving.  Smoked turkey has become one of our family favorites!!  So much flavor and so tender.

Do any of you smoke your turkeys?  If so, do you have any recipes to share or secrets?

We put our whole turkeys in a 5 gal bucket of water, with sea salt and home grown herbs and soak, iced down, overnight.  Then the next day, drain the turkey well and rub down with virgin olive oil and more herbs, minced garlic and onions. Then we smoke it with home harvested hickory chips for usually 4 hours depending on the size.  

As my husband carves the turkey, little hands start grabbing delicate pieces from the kitchen before we even sit down to eat!!  A real treat!

As we approach the Thanksgiving season, we not only look forward to another delicious MMF smoked turkey, but a special time of getting together with our family and reflecting on all the things we are thankful for.  The Lord has truly blessed us!

From Mountain Meadows Farm, we wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Don and Mary Kelley  




Chickens Molting and hens laying eggs have slowed way down!

Laying hens on strike!  I am sure we are not the only ones with laying hens that are on strike.  We have 9 month old Rhode Island Red hens that have blessed us with a multitude of eggs, starting in June when they reached five months of age.  But about three weeks ago, the laying almost came to a halt!  We understand that this is common, but our family and customers are not happy. 

We usually keep our hens in portable pens that we move every morning so they have fresh grass and plenty of grasshoppers and crickets.  But with the cold weather settling in, which is common for the Arkansas Ouachita Mountains in November, we made a change.  We created a big indoor shelter with laying nest, perches, and heat lamps for them to roost at night.  And we used electric netting fence to enclose a really big outdoor area for them to move around during the day.  There is plenty of grass and manure from our horses and cattle for them to scratch.

The hens seem happier now and are started to lay a few eggs again.  Today we got 10 eggs!!  (we are rejoicing even though we used to get 65 eggs a day).

Does anyone have any healthy secrets for helping our hens get through the molting season and still produce eggs?  I am sure that it is of course a natural process for them to go through, but perhaps that are some things we can do to help them out. 

Hope to hear from you.

Don and Mary from Mountain Meadows Farm

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