"Turkey Madness” began early on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 24th, as the Farmstand staff put the finishing touches on the stand (Can we stack the sweet potatoes any higher? Can we fill that cranberry basket any more?), brewed cups of strong coffee, and glanced eagerly out the window at the line of people forming outside of the entrances to Reading Terminal Market. At the stroke of 8 a.m., the doors opened and customers ran (RAN!) into the market to begin their holiday shopping.
The hallways of RTM were crammed, and so was the Farmstand. Generations of families (grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren) shopped together, surveying the produce and making decisions. Customers navigated shopping baskets, heavy bags, and baby strollers through the rivers of people, stopping at the Farmstand as though it were an exit off a highway.
Sweet potatoes, butter, apples, and cranberries flew off the shelves – we moved through a 25lb bushel of collards in SEVEN MINUTES! We ran out of greens, we ran out of berries, we watched as our massive supply of apples dwindled. Slowly, the towering mountain of turkeys that filled our walk-in refrigerator sank to a small pile in one corner.
As the day ended, one of the Amish vendors came by the ‘Stand with an armload of pumpkin whoopie pies for us to take home. We sat down and took stock of what had been a second, joyful and successful holiday in our new location. Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving with us!Photos by: Geoffrey M Garbowski