Our story began on Long Island in 1929 when my great-grandparents, grandparents, and their siblings opened eight poultry farms on Long Island, selling chickens to wholesalers in Queens and the Bronx. At the time the Bethpage area was primarily farmland. My grandfather, Peter Zorn, first opened his doors to the public in 1940 with a small retail store and began selling fresh turkeys. Later he added a variety of fresh poultry, farm fresh eggs, sweet whipped butter, baked breads and other staples his customers were requesting.
In 1949 he was the first to offer rotisserie chickens cooked over an open flame. My grandfather was truly a pioneer in retail take-out food; he blended his own spices, creating original recipes to expand his menu to include fresh homemade salads, stuffing and gravy to compliment his rotisserie chicken. A short time after, he added his soon to be famous southern fried chicken and barbecued spare ribs. This turned into a thriving take out business. His menu kept growing as he met his customers’ needs. Before long he had a complete catering menu designed for the holidays. Eventually his customers were using his take home catering service all year long. As you would imagine, complete take-out meals and catering were new concepts in the 1950’s and became very popular on Long Island. Many tried to imitate this concept, but Zorn’s Poultry Farms was always number one.
Now over seven decades and four generations later, we are still family owned and operated and have many freshly made items for our customers to choose. We still use the same recipes and cooking methods used by my grandfather. Some of our traditions are looked upon as old fashioned by today’s standards, but this is how we maintain our high quality and consistency. The value of our generous portions, personalized customer service, quality ingredients, and our family recipes have made our business a success and we thank you for choosing Zorn’s of Bethpage.
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