For small-scale poultry producers, having a place to slaughter and process their birds can mean the difference between survival and losing the farm. Back in 1999, Lori and Alan Callister, poultry farmers from West Concord, Minnesota, who sell meat and eggs at the St. Paul Farmers' Market (290 East 5th Street, www.stpaulfarmersmarket.com), decided to take matters into their own hands. "There wasn't a processor near our farm," Lori says, "and we didn't like hauling our chickens long distances." So they set up a processing plant on their property. Today, the Callisters—who raise Cornish-cross and European heritage-breed chickens as well as turkeys, geese, and laying hens—process for more than 50 other nearby farmers, thereby helping to sustain a network of family farms. But for customers, it's really about the Callisters' peerless product: fresh and flavorful in a way that only meat and eggs from happy birds, raised on a small scale and transported a very short distance, can be.