Back in 2011 I decided that I wanted to try growing turkeys for Thanksgiving.
Over the years customers had been asking where to get them and I thought it would be a great sideline to the vegetable business. Little did I know that this would be the catalyst to our poultry business. 2012 we raised the first meat chickens and 2014 was the beginning of the egg layers.
But if you’re going to sell poultry you’re going to need to get them processed.
I was eager to raise them but wasn’t ready to start processing them. After talking around I was recommended to a Mennonite family in the Penn Yan area. That fall of 2011 was the beginning of a long friendship with the Hoover family. We had been no strangers to Mennonites and had done business with different families before that. Since the beginning we had built a strong friendship and began to watch our families grow. His kids where starting to get married and ours were just starting. Even though we came from different up brings we still had many common interests including Kubota Tractors!
Unfortunately the Hoover family was dealt a devastating blow Wednesday afternoon January 30, 2019. A small fire started in their woodworking shop and quickly spread to the rest of the barn, including the horse stalls, buggie garage, and poultry processing area. All the horses, buggies, and small animals made it out safely. No one was hurt and their house was unaffected (thank goodness).
It’s truly amazing how fast the community comes together to help someone else out.
But the truly amazing part is how the Mennonite Community comes together to help out a family in a time of need. The fire was Wednesday and next day a whole crew was clearing the debris away, making the plans, and had already started to rebuild. By Friday afternoon they were ready to set trusses and by Saturday night the building may be closed in already. Mennonites don’t believe in insurance but rather they pay into a community fund that is managed by the church. Then when a crisis happens the church steps in and helps the family out.
It’s truly amazing how fast the community comes together to help someone else out. I hope that everyone can take a step back and take a macro perspective.
Too often we are so concerned about the little things in our own life and we too easily forget about everything around us.
I’m very sad that The Hoovers will not be able to process our poultry for a little while but they recommended an Amish family that can get the job done.
Photo for this post by Walter Adam