MERCER — Turkeys may be in short supply this Thanksgiving.
ABC 7 and Fox 22 spoke with some local farmers to help you prepare for Thanksgiving.
Greany’s Turkey Farm in Mercer is a family-run operation and is the go-to place for many farmer’s markets and stores.
One of its owners, Scott Greany, said staffing shortages from COVID-19 have thrown a wrench into their process.
“A lot of the processing plants are only working at a percentage because of COVID,” said Greany. “You know they just don’t have the help.”
He said there is a delay in getting the birds to the stores.
“A lot of the transport, they can’t promise an exact delivery date because they are working short, you know, there is a labor shortage,” Greany said.
One of the owners of Emery’s Meat & Produce in Brewer said this time of year is especially busy for them.
“We sell almost 200 hundred turkeys out of our little 2,000 square-foot store and so it is very busy,” Bridget Goodner said.
She said because they are being proactive and working with Greany’s Farm they are not experiencing or expecting shortages.
However, she said they are already running out.
“I would really encourage people to order their turkeys because when we sell out, we are out,” said Goodner. “We are already halfway sold out of the 125 turkeys we get from Scott and it isn’t even November.”
Goodner said working with Greany has been beneficial for everyone involved.
“He is incredibly knowledgeable about his product which helps me do my job better,” Goodner said. “People want to know where their food comes from. So he is a great resource.”
Despite the staffing issues Greany said they will be just fine.
“I’ve been pretty lucky. I mean it’s been a balancing act, I’ve been pretty lucky,” said Greany. “To be able to get people to come in. I do have my core people who work for us, and they have worked for us for 20 years and they are just here.”