ENJOY GOOD FOOD AND FUN PEOPLE — Wendel’s Poultry Farm is located on 12446 Vaughn Street in East Concord. Photos by Leo Mrugala.
SPRINGVILLE — Wendel’s Poultry Farm has been providing Springville and the surrounding area with fresh products, since 1945.
The Wendel family raises grain-fed poultry on its East Concord farm. Chickens and turkeys are raised in well-ventilated barns, which are kept at the perfect temperature for poultry. Fresh water is supplied to all of the buildings and all of the Wendel’s poultry is processed, using only fresh water.
Wendel’s chickens and turkeys are fed a whole grain diet. No growth stimulants or hormones are added to the feed and no preservatives or self-basting oils are added to the poultry. “It’s as close to an organic diet as you can get,” said owner Marty Wendel. “It makes for a much more wholesome and tasteful bird, compared to the heavy-duty commercial bird. The customers tell us that they like it, and that’s good enough for us.”
Wendel’s is approaching 70 years of business and Wendel said that it is special to have been part of the local community, for so many years. “Any chance we get to participate with the community, we try to take advantage of,” he said. “Whether its fundraisers or community events, we know the importance of giving back. Excellent local support is key, for any business, and I think that the people are starting to realize that buying local has its benefits. The more products bought locally, the more the entire area benefits.”
Wendel’s chickens are available, year-round, while the turkeys are offered for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Wendel said that the poultry business never has a “slow time” of the year, but there are times, when business is hopping. “Our summers are really busy, with all the chicken barbecues that we do,” he said. “However, Thanksgiving is probably the busiest time of the year, for us.”
Wendel’s carries several different poultry products, including whole roasters, whole broilers, eight-piece roasters, eight-piece broilers, rock Cornish game hens, split breast, skinless (boneless) breasts, thighs, drumsticks, giblets, turkeys, turkey breasts, turkey thighs, turkey drums, chicken pot pies and turkey pot pies.
COME ON IN — Get your chicken, turkey – and maple syrup! – at this local farm.
Since Wendel’s is a fresh poultry business, the business owners asked that large orders of eight parts or more be pre-ordered 4 p.m. on Mondays.
Chicken barbecues are a Wendel’s specialty. The business begins hosting these events, the first weekend of May, and continue until the last weekend of October. Wendel’s provides chicken barbecues for the public, on the farm, on Saturdays and Sundays. Food is served from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays.
They can also bring their offerings to their customers. Wendel’s caters and does many parties and other events, throughout the area. With its portable barbecue trailer, complete with pits to cook 500 halves of chicken, Wendel’s helps local event-goers celebrate their spring or summer parties. The trailer is on wheels and can be set up on any surface, from grass to blacktop, which will not be damaged by the vehicle.
Wendel’s is also available for fundraisers or company picnics.
According to Wendel, the business’s main focus is customer satisfaction. “I love it when someone comes in and says that our chicken is awesome and to keep up the good work,” he said. “Nothing is more satisfying than that feeling, because it makes us feel like we are accomplishing our goal.
“We feel that an educated customer who knows more about our product is the best kind of customer to have. People want to know how their food is being made or processed. We feel it’s best that they know everything about our product before they give us a try.”
Wendel’s Poultry Farm is located at 12446 Vaughn St. in East Concord. Winter hours, November – April, are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call the business at 592-2299.