1st Poultry Processing a Success!
by Pete on June 13th, 2011

Thanks to all the folks who volunteered to make the first processing of the season a success! With less than ideal weather (ie, lots of rain!), and a spanking brand new enclosed processing unit, we were able to dispatch over 400 birds by 1:30pm. We encountered a few rough patches with the new unit, including a finicky scalder which slowed things down a bit, but with our first official processing complete we'll look to get the unit working to it's full potential and onto the next farm in a few weeks!
Over fifteen volunteers showed up to lend a helping hand. From 6:45am when the first volunteers showed up, until 9:30pm when our most dedicated volunteer of the century left us bleary-eyed (Thanks Jared! (in photo with Jen, above) - we managed to get all the birds humanely slaughtered, scalded, plucked, eviscerated, quality control checked, giblets packaged, birds bagged with label/price and loaded into the refrigeration trailer...and then finally the entire unit scrubbed from top to bottom! Whew! These are long gruelling days/weekends but once again, the volunteers make it possible and we are always eternally grateful!
Here is a photo of the new MPPU on dedication day....interior photos coming soon...

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