"The way we make money is we sell a lot of different animals," Gardner said. "When we first started, we just sold lamb and we found out real quick that the cost of gas was so prohibitive that we had to sell other things."
Gardner Farm products are sold at Johnnie's Meats at Capitol Market, and Gardner makes regular deliveries to other areas, too. For information, call 304-679-3769.
For Spencer farmers Ben and Andrea Hayes, turkeys were an add-on to their primary animals, beef cattle that are grass fed.
And it's still a learning experience for the couple, who are schoolteachers by day.
"Last year, I ordered 50," Ben Hayes said. And because he got them fairly early and they thrived, they were big by slaughter day - the largest was 39 pounds fully dressed out and had to be cut in half to fit the customer's oven.
This year, disaster struck.
"I ordered 40 and they didn't fare well," Hayes said. "A raccoon or family of raccoons killed 31 of them all in one night."
He expected to sell the remaining few by word of mouth. While he hasn't given up on the idea, Hayes understands why many poultry farmers prefer to raise chickens.
"You can turn them over in six or seven weeks," he said.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.