Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Let's Talk Turkey!

Turkeys can be found in the wild all over the Appalachians. Turkeys in open fields...  Turkeys along the parkway...

These turkeys hang around Asheville, N.C.  They are our permanent residents at the center of town.  There are many monuments around the big city (ha) of Asheville.  All of them are to point out our rich history.  The turkeys, among other animal statues, represent the kinds of animals that were sold at the market that used to be in the center of Asheville in the early 1900's.  People would travel to this spot to buy many things, meat being only one of the many.

Since some of you are in different time zones might not have scarfed down your turkey yet, would anyone like to know a little turkey history? Here is a bit!  Turkeys have played many roles in the Appalachians.  The Eastern American Tribes of Indians consumed both eggs and meat. Their feathers were often used in rituals and in headdresses.  Turkeys even inspired dances.  Ben Franklin wrote in a letter to his daughter Sarah Bache on January 26, 1894 that he preferred the turkey aver the bald eagle. He said " it is a more respectable bird and withal a true original Native of America, He is besides, though a little vain and silly, a bird of Courage and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his farm yard with a red coat on."  Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving Day. If you need a conversation starter at the dinner table, here are a few turkey facts: Who prefers white meat over dark meat? What is a wattle? Did you know the male turkey is the only gender that can gobble? 

Oh and last but surely not least... Congratulations to all you people who got out bright and early this morning and did the Turkey Trot!!  Go you!!  You are in inspiration!

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