Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so I thought it would be a perfect time to visit the Yordy Turkey Farm. This is a farm that’s been a holiday tradition in Central Illinois for over 80 years. In fact before we visit it today, let’s take a trip back in time and look at some photos of the turkey farm from the past. Oh Sherman...
Set the Wayback Machine for 1940 and...
Here we are back in time, I feel just like another Marty now! Anyway, I got these photos from the Yordy Turkey Farm’s facecrack page and from the top they are: 1. The turkey farm in 1940. 2. There’s the founder of the Yordy Turkey Farm, Robert Yordy, enjoying a turkey dinner in 1940. He started the farm with just 50 turkeys back then! 3. There’s people picking up their turkeys in 1950. 4. This is a shot of some of the turkeys back in 1980 as the farm continued to grow. Today it’s owned and operated by Brent Yordy, Robert’s Grandson. Okay, we’ve gone back in time and now let’s get back to the present and take a turkey trot out to Yordy’s Turkey Farm!
Here we are at the Yordy Turkey Farm on Main Street in Morton, Illinois.
It’s a big farm, but at this time of the year most of the action happens inside over here. Let’s go in and see what’s happening.
Wow, it’s busy in here with people picking up their turkeys for their holiday feast. I want to get a shot of some of the women working behind the front counter, but we’ll wait till it’s a little less crowded. Let’s take a look around in here in the meantime.
They’ve got other non-turkey products for sale in here. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
There’s butter, jams and cranberry horseradish sauce from Stonewall Kitchen in here as well as assorted candles to light up your Thanksgiving celebration.
They’re still busy at the counter, so I’ll continue to wander around with the MBIP Camera.
The place has a rustic, lodge-type feel to it with wooden ceilings and walls and check out the stone fireplace! It’s really festive in here!
Hey, check it out, the counter is pretty much cleared out, time for me to move in and get my group shot!
Here’s a quartet of the pretty women behind the counter, from left: Polly, Betsi, Natalie and Patti. Right next to them are boxes of fresh turkeys that will soon be the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinners all around the area!
I noticed that the fire wasn’t blazing very well and just as I noticed that, these two moved in and quickly got it roaring again! Fire!
This is a large farm and here’s a few of the buildings on it. I went up to that door and someone waved me inside...
This is Travis Yordy, who’s the son of the current owner, Brent Yordy. He told me he’s been working here his whole life! I followed him back in to the freezer where he showed me one of their more popular holiday items...
This is a hickory smoked turkey that’s smoked and ready to eat! You don’t even have to bother to cook it! It might be too late to get one for Thanksgiving, but this would make a great Christmas dinner! And if you don’t live in the area, you can order online right here! Thanks to Travis and everyone at Yordy Turkey farm for talking turkey with me ! We’ll see you all tomorrow...on turkey day!
2000 S. Main Street