Turkey Wednesday, grocery stores' favorite

BALA CYNWYD, Pa. - November 25, 2009

Shoppers have been out all day buying everything they need for the big feast!

Kali Curran of Newtown Square was picking up her 26 pound turkey at the Farmer's Market in Ardmore.

She wasn't alone.

A long line of customers were there to buy a big bird and everything to go with it.

"The traditional Thanksgiving dinner, turkey, homemade stuffing, apple pie, pumpkin pie," said Nancy Hipper of Broomall, Pa.

At markets throughout the region, turkeys were in abundance and pies were piled high.

Like retailers, food merchants are hoping for a strong holiday season as well.

The National Turkey Federation estimates that 88-percent of all Americans consume about 46 million turkeys at Thanksgiving.

That leaves 12-percent who don't.

"We're having a lobster dinner this year, and the turkey part's going to be a Cornish hen," said Priscilla D'Onofrio of Springfield, Pa.

Elissa Levin was in from San Francisco and joined her father in picking up a 25 pound bird and trimmings for the big family meal.

"My mother does Thanksgiving beautifully, it's a real prized event in our family," said Levin.

Tamkea McNair's shopping cart was stuffed. She said she looks forward to dinner, and the day after.

"All of us sit around the table and enjoy each other all day long, we talk and then Black Friday,, I can shop all day on a full tank," she said.

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