By Kathryn Larson

Forget the supermarket this Thanksgiving — head to Livonia. That’s where we went to find the plumpest, juiciest turkeys around.

It’s time to talk turkey …

And the perfect place to do that is Ropertis on 5 mile. For more than sixty years now, owner Christine and her family have owned the turkey farm that this year has nearly 2,400 big birds to sell.

Believe it or not, they eat eight tons of feed once a week.

And Christine says the feed is what sets their turkey farm apart from the rest. A week before Thanksgiving they eat nothing but corn in order to fatten them up.

Christine says for the last two years they’ve sold out of their smoked and regular style turkeys before Thanksgiving day. Thier storage room is filled to top with the big birds. Christine says their birds start at 20 pounds and go up from there.

So what will the Ropertis eat this holiday? Christine admits, “We have filet mignon. We have homeade gnocci.”

So where’s the turkey? Christine explains, “My family, we work very hard you know, 12 – 15 hours, and they don’t want to see another turkey.”

Fortunately, most of us only eat turkey a couple times a year — so we’re all craving it.

Kathryn Larson reports for WWJ Newsradio 950 and First Forecast Mornings on WWJ-TV and CW50.

Need to buy a turkey? Check out our list of the Best Places To Buy A Turkey Near Detroit.


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