Live, local turkeys for Thanksgiving

Published 11/18 2012 08:07PM

Updated 11/19 2012 11:10AM

CHAMPAIGN -- If you're still looking for a local Thanksgiving turkey, you could try going straight to the source. Turkeys are being raised on the Joy of Illinois farm.

The farmers said they start each season with a bunch of feathered fowl. Even though they're sad to see them go, they said the birds are doing what they were born to do.

"If it's something we raise and someone is eating it, we're happy," said Les Gioja. "We're happy that they're satisfied and we've done our job."

Gioja said they also raise some non-traditional animals you could eat at Thanksgiving, including ducks, geese and chickens. But around the holidays, he said turkey are the most popular breed. 

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