Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


I Could Have Gone To Safeway, But No-oh!

Every Tuesday before Thanksgiving, after the office meeting and brokers' tour, I head out Colesville Road to Fulton Maryland to Maple Lawn Farm to get my turkey. 

The birds lucky enough to grow up at Maple Lawn lead pretty good lives.  Their avian condo units are quite spacious.  They get to scratch around the ground looking for worms. and the food (other than the worms) is pretty good, too.

But not that wonderful.  These guys appear to be the sole survivors of a recent massacre.

And I walked out with a 20 pound bird who, until just hours before, was alive and clucking.  Talk about fresh! 

So on Thursday, in the wee hours of the morning, this bird goes into my oven and hours later I will serve it to my mom, my vegetarian sisters, one of whom will eat it, and a couple of token carnivores who are joining us.

Comment balloon 26 commentsPatricia Kennedy • November 24 2009 09:33PM


Pat..20 pounds !!! That is quite some bird..hope you are having 40 some people....HAPPY BIRD DAY ..HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 10 years ago

Your skinny bitch sisters should be happy these turkeys seemed to have lived the good life!  LOL...keep us posted!

Posted by Aja Shroll, Your Home Girl (United Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Great to have a place like that to buy your turkey.  This way you know how the bird was raised and fed.

Posted by Charles Perkins (Charles G. Perkins, CPA) over 10 years ago

Pat - You probably can't find 'em any fresher.  Enjoy!

Posted by Carol Culkin, ReeceNichols, Overland Park Residential Real Estate (ReeceNichols Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Pat, I have to say, when it comes to living large, no turkey barn seems appealing to me.  Especially if all your buddys just got their heads chopped off.  Turkeys must have an internal mechanism that keeps them clucking "Great, more food for us".

Posted by R. Greg Osmond, MBA, Red Maple Realty (Sutton Group-Capital Realty Ltd.) over 10 years ago

Wow -- looks like you are going to have a wonderful Thanksgiving feast and one juicy turkey.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 10 years ago

Yikes...not sure I could go to a turkey farm and buy one. Something about seeing them walking around and then handed over all plucked and in a bag. Thats toooooo fresh for me. LOL

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 10 years ago

Hi Pat... Hopefully yours is like the ones on the left of your post and not the one on the right!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago

I think the hardest day of the year to be a vegetarian is Thanksgiving! :-)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 10 years ago

My previous employer would give employees a fresh turkey every Thanksgiving.  I always gave it away because of the same thought, it was walking around a few hours before. 

Have a great Thanksgiving Day with your family.

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) over 10 years ago


I hope you have a great thanksgiving, although the bird will not.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 10 years ago

That's like going to a restaurant and being shown the live lobster before they drop it screaming into boiling water.  Oh, Pat!

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Pat!
While I know fresh is best, I don't think I could eat the turkey that I had seen alive! Sorry!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) over 10 years ago

20 pounds is a good sized bird. Looks like you are going to have plenty of left-overs...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours ☺☺☺

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 10 years ago

I don't know who I would blindfold, the turkey, or ME when it was killed.  Enjoy.  I know it will be tasty!

Posted by Marcia Hawken, Naples Luxury Specialist (WILLIAM RAVEIS ) over 10 years ago

20 pounder huh? Wow, that is a lot of turkey. Good for you! Fresh is best... what can I say! Hmm... I bet between the skinny bitches and all that food you should have some good leftovers...

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 10 years ago

I'm glad you are enjoying your Thanksgiving - preparing a lovely meal for your family.....

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 10 years ago

Token carnivores? (LMAO) You are friggin' AWESOME! Enjoy the holiday with your loved ones (LOL). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

That is a great idea, I live close enough to try this out next year, thanks for the info and have a great thanksgiving

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) over 10 years ago

Pat:  I bet your turkey tastes better than any of ours.  As for me, I couldn't do it.  I couldn't drive to a farm when I saw the sole survivors and still eat turkey on Thanksgiving.  I'm be a Thanksgiving vegetarian.  My Mom was a farmer's daughter, not me.  I'm a city girl.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 10 years ago

Pat - Im amused by some of the comments here. Who knew turkeys didn't come from grocery stores. We have many turkey farms here in North Carolina. I fried a fresh bird last year and it was wonderful. I haven't had time to get e fresh one this year, so it looks like we will settle on a grocery store bird. Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 10 years ago

Pat, that turkey sounds like it will be fantastic!  Enjoy your cooking and your holiday.

Posted by Carol Hamilton, Prudential, Real Estate, Omaha, NE (Prudential Ambassador) over 10 years ago

I know we all have to eat, and that food comes from somewhere, but I just cannot fathom going out and picking out a live animal and 30 minutes later walk out of the place with a dead animal in my arms. I would never have made it in the Wild Wild West unless I had a ranch hand to do all the killing.

Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours!

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 10 years ago

Pat, My sister and I were in charge of plucking after my Mom would drop them in to boiling water for a few minutes to soften it up...the fun part was watching the bird dance, after it's head had been lobbed off with an ax at the chopping block behind the grainery barn. Hence the saying, dancing like a chicken with its head cut off! We had the true farm...pigs, chicken, sheep, cattle, horses, ducks and turkeys! Enjoy your bird! Oooo...the memories!

Posted by Jane Cross (Homes By Cross serving Charlotte NC Real Estate Needs) over 10 years ago

Twenty pounts?!?! I don't think my dinky little oven would even hold a 20 pound turkey. LOL Have a wonderful Thanksgiving day and enjoy your family.

Posted by Janice MacMillan, Associate Broker (ERA Joyner Realty) over 10 years ago


Good sized bird; have a  great and Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago