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Carolina Turkeys Selling Like Hotcakes

Posted November 21, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— What would the holidays be without the aroma of turkey roasting in the oven? Americans spend millions of dollars every year on the big birds and the turkey on your table might just be helping North Carolina's economy.

When you pick up your holiday turkey, look closely at the fine print on the label. There's a good chance it was born and raised just down the highway.

Duplin County sells more turkeys than any other county in America. Local farmers such as O.R. Blizzard say Americans' attempts to eat healthy are paying off.

The department of commerce says Duplin County sold more than 12 million turkeys in 1992, and while demand for the product typically goes up at this time of year, local growers say they don't depend on Thanksgiving and Christmas for their yearly profits.

Many stores are running special sales now to lure holiday shoppers. If you shop in Jimmy Jackson's store, you'll have a tough time finding a turkey that wasn't grown here. He does his best to keep a good stock of local birds.

NC farmers say enjoy that holiday feast when the family sits down together next week and keep in mind that, every time you ask for seconds, your hard-earned money is staying close to home.

Another NC county made the list of top turkey growers this year -- Union County.

Farmers there typically sell more than 11 million birds every year.