Turkey Tradition

Photos by Nic Antaya/The Herald
Nancy Owens of Holland places a processed turkey into tub of water at Steckler Grassfed Farms in St. Henry on Friday. The Steckler family started butchering turkeys together in 1995 and has since invited friends to join the tradition. This was Owens' the first time helping out with the turkey butchering. "I figured, hey, if we want to eat it, we need to know where it comes from," Owens said. 

 

Trent Owens of Holland, left, and Jerry Steckler of St. Henry pluck the feathers from turkeys at Steckler Grassfed Farms in St. Henry on Friday. "My most fond memories are when we worked together as family when I was a kid," Steckler said. It came naturally to bring the tradition of butchering together to the family he created. He emphasized the importance of family. "That's where the joy in life comes from, for me. And that you can spend your life with the people that you love and to build those memories," Steckler said. 

 

Trent Owens of Holland cuts off a turkey limb at Steckler Grassfed Farms in St. Henry on Friday. Owens has butchered hogs before, however, this was his first time butchering turkeys. "It's educational for me," Owens said. 

 

Charmian Klem of Bretzville, left, and her cousin, Jenelle Gobel of Evansville, process turkeys at Steckler Grassfed Farms in St. Henry on Friday. "My favorite part is just hanging out with my family and laughing and having a good time," Klem said. "There's not many times in your adult life where you can just be goofy." 

 

Lindsey Hoffman of Dale grabs a turkey to prepare it for butchering at Steckler Grassfed Farms in St. Henry on Friday. The family processed 50 turkeys.



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