2016-11-24 / Front Page

Turkey and the fixin’s

Don’t mix turkeys, politics
By Amy Hubbell
Of The Enterprise staff

DOMESTIC TURKEYS await their fate at Sonny’s Farm in Cleveland Township. DOMESTIC TURKEYS await their fate at Sonny’s Farm in Cleveland Township. Beth Noonan stayed in her home Tuesday morning rather than go outside.

“They’re butchering the turkey as we speak,” the Kasson Township farm lady said. “I don’t like to get to know something before I eat it.”

Noonan’s guest list for Thursday’s Thanksgiving dinner tops out at 50 and includes her children — Ryan, Sarah (Guffey) and Casey — their spouses and children.

And her sisters with their families.

And three of her husband’s brothers and their families.

Last year, the Noonan bird weighed in at 45 pounds and went in the oven at 1 a.m. so it was ready for dinner at 1 p.m. This year, she estimates the bird stuffed with dressing will go in the oven about 3 a.m.

“I do the turkey, dressing, potatoes and gravy and a pumpkin pie,” she said, adding that ham will also be offered. “The rest just falls into place.”

TURKEYS GREET stopped cars along M-22 at Sonny’s Farm near Sugar Loaf. TURKEYS GREET stopped cars along M-22 at Sonny’s Farm near Sugar Loaf. Thanksgiving families are being readied across the county, including those offered to neighbors who are less fortunate.

Some 225 needy county families will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends thanks to the generosity of the Empire Area Food Pantry and the Leelanau Christian Neighbors (LCN) food pantry in Suttons Bay .

Volunteers from Pathfinder School were at the Glen Lake Community Reformed Church Monday afternoon to help assemble food baskets which were picked up Tuesday afternoon.

“We have 75 families ,which is up by about 10 from last year,” pantry director Bill Meserve said.

Each box included potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, fruit, turkey, and pie for dessert.

The Glen Arbor community came through big time this year for the pantry, which serves the southwest part of the county.

In addition to the five churches which support the pantry, Art’s Tavern organized a food drive earlier this month that resulted in a huge windfall of goods to full pantry shelves.

“It took four guys an hour to unload the trailer and put it away,” Meserve said.

Likewise, during Art’s annual community pig roast, business owners Tim Barr and Bonnie Nescott put out a donation jar and collected $1,800 for the pantry.

The organization also benefited from a give-away by the Elks Club of Traverse City.

“They gave away 100 turkeys through the Northwest Michigan Food Coalition,” Meserve said. “Not all the relief groups responded, so we got 12 rather than the 10 I thought we’d get.”

On the northern and east sides of the county, LCN on Monday afternoon distributed 150 turkeys and all the fixings to go along with them. The deliveries were in addition to the regular food distribution which takes place each Monday.

“It went great. We were busy all day,” LCN executive director Mary Stanton said.

New this year, the Neighbors organization provided foodstuffs in insulated red bags.

“We’re trying to get our neighbors to not use plastic bags or paper bags for their goods,” Stanton said. “This is another one of our efforts.”

Meanwhile, the Noonan is still working on the logistics of feeding a platoon of relatives — and how to fit 50 people into the Noonan farmhouse.

“I have kitchen table that stretches out to seat 12; a couple other tables in the living room and a card table,” she said.

But this will be the last time the Noonans will host Thanksgiving in the current site. They are moving from their farmhouse on Pierce Road to a new home on Tower Road, off of Co. Rd. 616 on the east side of Kasson Township.

“To new beginnings,” said Noonan.“There’s always so much to be grateful for. First and foremost — family.”

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