About Us


A family business since 1939, Hillside Turkey Farms is a privately owned producer, processor, wholesaler and retailer of fresh turkeys and poultry.

With a full time turkey farm, USDA-inspected plant and retail store in Thurmont, Maryland, the company is a community fixture. Hillside is open year round and not just for holidays and special occasions, but also supplies poultry and other products for many restaurants, gourmet stores and other niche institutions in and around the Washington, DC metro area, Baltimore, Maryland and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Hillside began on a whim. Farmers Pauline and Ross Smith had a beef and dairy operation. When Pauline received a few turkey eggs, she put them under a chicken hoping they would hatch. They did and she raised them and sold them at Thanksgiving. The light bulb went off.

Seeing the opportunity, the Smiths eventually went into turkeys full time. Today the farm has the capability to raise 180,000 birds per year.

Hillside turkeys are antibiotic–free and nothing is ever injected, such as added oils or fats. Almost all of what the company markets is grown and made right in Thurmont.

Grandson Bryan runs Hillside Turkey Farms with his wife Judi today, and their children now work in the store – a fourth generation selling Hillside Turkey Farms products to many third–generation customers, too.

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Hillside Turkey Farms

30 Elm Street
Thurmont, MD 21788

Phone: 301-271-2728

Business Hours:
Thursday: 8:00am-7:00pm
Friday: 8:00am-3:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am-12:00pm

Take Route 15 to Thurmont 550 exit. Follow 550 into town of Thurmont. Turn left onto 806 then first right on Elm Street.

Hillside Turkey Farms

30 Elm Street
Thurmont, MD 21788
(301) 271-2728