Prairie Wild Turkey
Pull the trigger, or let an arrow fly, and bag your wild turkey! There’s even a song that goes something like this: …darned if I’ll go home with a Wild Turkey like you! But for Minnesotans, Thanksgiving means home-grown products, and Abel Heating and Cooling for HVAC needs.
Did you know Minnesota is one of turkey hunting’s last frontiers? Across the prairie, the farmland and even in the Twin Cities, and Duluth, these gobblers are expanding their range and building flocks. And nothing is holding them back!
Since the 1970’s, when they were re-introduced here, the southeast hill country has been the classic, longtime turkey range in Minnesota. But now a new dense area is developing in Minnesota’s extensive farmland-forest-prairie fringe country.
Some helpful hints in getting that gobbler:
Calling – Don’t over call and chase them away. Call just enough to let them know you are there…teasing, like a cute little hen might. These boys are not stupid.
Patience – You’re anxious for the action, but take your time, pace yourself. Your moment will come.
Your gun – You may need distance, so be sure to use a gun with a tight choke and a heavy payload that can reach 40 yards or beyond for a clean kill.
Take your time – No need to arise and get out in the woods at the break of dawn. Especially in late season. By then the birds have had enough of the yeahoos running around looking to shoot them at the break of dawn, so they take their time in the morning before setting out for their daily routine. Noon or early afternoon will often find you meeting up with Tom, or one of his laying hens who are now off on their own.
Old or young bird – You can find yourself a tough old ‘longbeard’ or a yearling ‘jake’. The only difference is the jake will taste a whole lot better on Thanksgiving, and be far more tender than the tough, wiry old boy.
Hunting turkey requires a license ($26) and following some rules, and the season bag limit is 1 in Minnesota, (2 in Nebraska). However, if this is your ‘bag’, they can make for a tasty dish. One recipe we found is: Wild Turkey Crockpot
Famous Minnesota Honeycrisp Apples
In 1960 The University of Minnesota apple breeding program came up with a cross between Macoun and Honeygold strains. Their goal was to develop a winter-hardy cultivator with high fruit quality. By 1974 it became accepted as a possible new and exciting variety, with the identifying name of MN 1711. Next it was tested in Minnesota, Michigan and New York. But, the project was dropped!
As the story goes, in 1982, research scientist Dave Bedford rediscovered the tree and loved these apples. He found that MN 1711 was discarded and marked “DISCARD’ in scrawling letters. In 1988 a plant patent was applied for and in 1991 MN 1711 was released as Honeycrisp for commercial propagation by nurseries around the country. Now they are enjoyed worldwide.
Here is Best Apple Pie from Pinterest.
Pumpkins and Winter Squash
The terms ‘pumpkin’ and ‘squash’ can be confusing. Pumpkin pie is often made from squash, and some large squash are just used as ornaments. Scientifically speaking, these plants are all very closely related members of the cucurbit family, which also includes summer squash, zucchini, and cucumber.
While a giant Hubbard squash may be attractive as an autumn decoration, small ones are best to eat. These thrive in local soil, but plan carefully, the longer-season varieties may be difficult to ripen enough in parts of Minnesota.
Try this Pumpkin Pie ‘from scratch’ recipe from Pinterest.
Or serve up Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Pie recipe from Pinterest.
Dinner and the Fixin’s
Here is an impressive list of products you may like to prepare for your Thanksgiving feast…grown in our own state, as found at www.minnesotagrown.com.
Apples, Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Currants, Elderberries, Grapes, Herbs, Mushrooms, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Rhubarb, Squash, Corn, Peas, Buckwheat, Dairy Products, Eggs, Flour, Honey, Maple Syrup, Sunflower Seeds, or Wild Rice.
And maybe you’ll decorate with: Mums, Ornamental Grasses, Wild Flowers, Beeswax Products, Native Crafts, and Poinsettias.
Your Minnesota home-grown menu may include: Beef, Buffalo, Chicken, Deer, Duck, Elk, Fish, Goose, Guinea Hens, Lamb, Pheasant, Pork, Quail, Rabbit or Turkey.
Perhaps you’ll wear: Alpaca Fiber Products, Hide and Leather or Wool Products.
Maybe you’ll take your family to a farm stay bed and breakfast, crop maze or labyrinth, petting zoo, or apple picking orchard.
And in addition to staying warm with your HVAC equipment purchased or maintained through Abel Heating & Cooling, you may enjoy the ambiance of a fireplace while burning Minnesota lumber firewood.
Oh, and don’t forget your pets and livestock – fed with Minnesota grown feed.
Our Thanks to You…
We at ABEL Heating and Cooling are grateful for the blessings we have received through our quality employees, the love and companionship of our families and friends, and especially you…our valued customers.
We hope you enjoy warmth, happiness, friends and loved ones, along with nourishing food, peace and freedom, this Thanksgiving Day.
We appreciate the opportunity to provide you with quality heating and air conditioning service during this Minnesota Thanksgiving time. Reach us at 952-472-COOL (2665) or Contact Us
(“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day”.) –Irv Kupcinet