Halloween is still a couple of weeks away. Does that mean that it’s too early to start thinking about Thanksgiving? I don’t think so, and it’s nice to know a little early that you may be faced with a problem this Thanksgiving. And I’m not talking about whether you should invite your old Aunt Velma. 

I’m talking turkey. Even though I’m not a huge fan of turkey, I realize the importance of having one on your Thanksgiving table. That just may be a problem this year, especially if you’re planning a smaller Thanksgiving celebration. It looks like finding a small turkey is not going to be easy this year.

Business Insider is reporting that for a few reasons, finding a smaller turkey could be a problem. First of all, smaller turkeys are once again in demand as people are planning smaller get-togethers with the pandemic still affecting us. Not to mention the shortage of workers that is affecting just about everyone and everything. 

Consumer Reports is saying you should be able to find a turkey, but finding one under 16 pounds will not be easy, especially a fresh one. Hmmm. I’ve never cooked a turkey more that 14 pounds, and even then I had leftovers. I know I don’t want to be eating turkey for 5 days. So what’s a person that's throwing a small gathering to do?

If you’re planning to downsize your celebration this year, you may want to think about picking up your turkey a little earlier than usual, or at least pre-ordering it well ahead of time. Here in the Hudson Valley, there are a couple of places to pick up a fresh turkey, including Quattro’s Farm Store in Pleasant Valley and Fishkill Farms in Fishkill.

Hopefully, getting a turkey for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner won’t be an issue for you, but it’s nice to be prepared just in case. Have a great Thanksgiving, and it’s been nice talking turkey with you.

Hudson Valley Restaurants With the Most Critical Violations in 2021

Critical violations are those that can cause immediate harm to consumers such as undercooked food and improper storage of ingredients. Other violations like inadequate handwashing facilities or dirty conditions are noted as non-critical violations.

The ten restaurants below all received four or more critical violations during their latest inspection of 2021. In some cases, the restaurants were given the opportunity to correct the violations by inspectors and have done so. Just because a restaurant is on this list doesn't mean that they are currently in violation of the health code. However, the Board of Health does think it's important to be armed with information on how seriously a restaurant takes kitchen cleanliness, food safety and other important rules that affect the food you feed your family.

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