In 1998, the Schmidt family started their poultry business and expanded in 2001 by acquiring the Kackmanís Hatchery in Palmer. In fourteen years, Kackmanís had established one of the largest commercial chicken farms in the Southcentral area. Now Triple D is the largest poultry supplier in the state of Alaska and the only fresh turkey supplier. Every year more and more people plan and purchase their Thanksgiving turkeys from Triple D because of itís freshness and size.
ďWe were tired of buying stuff in the stores with a lot of chemicals and preservatives, so itíll have a long shelf life, and not knowing how it was raisedĒ says owner Schmidt.
Now Triple D Farm & Hatchery is managed by the family of Anthony, his wife Phyllis and their five children.
In the spring season, they provide a wide variety of baby poultry distributing them through local feed stores, and selling them directly from their Mat-Su Valley location. Chicks are also sold and shipped throughout Alaska and the Bush.
Last year, Triple D Farm and Hatchery sold between 45,000 and 50,000 head of poultry in Alaska, including 352 Thanksgiving turkeys. Most of the rest were live chicks and proces