All-Natural Turkeys Are A Growing Niche Market For Maine Farmers

MAINE - Most people will just head to the grocery store when it's time to pick up a turkey, but a growing number of people are turning to all-natural farms instead.

All-natural farms don't feed their turkeys growth hormones or anti-biotics to fatten them up. Maine agriculture commissioner Bob Spear said people are much more conscious about what they eat, and so more and more businesses are finding their niche with all-natural meat.

"I think it's a good niche market and it's growing. More people are trying to do that because the consumer, it catches their eye and they buy it," Spear said.

The all-natural birds at Maine-ly Poultry in Warren are twice as expensive as what you'd find in a grocery store. But owner John Barnstein said people are willing to pay for more because they're supporting local farms, and they know what they're eating.

Source: WLBZ2
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