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When Locust Street laid eggs

You’ve seen plenty of “organic” offerings at the supermarket. But back in the 1950s and 60s, you could avoid supermarkets entirely and instead visit Locust Street to buy eggs that were still warm from the hen. Heck, you could buy the hen too. Is that organic enough for you?

Kay and Alfred Cabral’s poultry farm is now Sparhawk Drive, off Locust Street. The photos were sent by the Cabrals’ granddaughter, who lived on the farm. She says customers sometimes stopped in just to hear the old stories Kay would tell.

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  1. My family has lived on Sparhawk Dr. since 1976, and my mom told me they found chicken wire in the ground when we got our pool put in. I guess now I know why. I wish I could place where the photo was taken. Are the trees in the background where the Burlington res/high tension wires are? It looks as if the photo was taken from Locust St, near the 2nd entrance (the one closer to Makechnie Rd.) Is this correct? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!

  2. Forgot to mention that one of my mom’s former coworkers said he accidentally started a fire in one of the chicken coops, got scared, and ran off. Wondering if this has been a farm mystery for many, many years…

  3. Aloha, My name is Daniel Tremblay and grew up in Burlington and delivered newspaper to Mr. Cabral and worked for him collecting eggs, inoculate and cut beaks on the hens. I also bought some hens from him to have my own egg route for family and friends. So surprised to see this article about the farm. I now live most of my life in Honolulu.
    Mahalo for providing this.

  4. When I moved to town in 1963, the chicken coups were abandoned and the egg farm, like Rahanis Farm, was simply one of Burlington’s amazing places for young boys to explore . . . I believe this was located at the hairpin turn on Locust Street.

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