Duerksen

Thanksgiving and Duerksen’s Turkeys – A Northern Michigan Tradition

Farmers Markets, Proteins, Retail, Specialty Producers, Stories, Tricia Phelps

By Tricia Phelps

Duerksen Turkey Farm is a third-generation farm in Mancelona, Michigan. In the 1940s, Rick Duerksen’s grandmother began raising turkeys, though just enough to sustain the family. As a young boy, he looked forward to the day he would raise turkeys on a farm of his own. Soon after Rick married his wife Sue in 1976, they bought his uncle’s farmland in Mancelona to make that dream come true.