The giant processing plants of Perdue Farms and Tyson Foods stand about 13 miles apart on U.S. 13. It makes for a handy way to mark progress when driving the upper spine of the Virginia Eastern Shore, in Accomack County.
To most people passing through, the plants are the only poultry industry landmarks on the Shore. So that’s where our chicken comes from?
Those who live in Accomack know better.
Mosey down just about any road on either side of the main highway, and you’ll come upon clusters of low-slung, metal-roofed buildings that stretch hundreds of feet from end to end. They’re chicken-growing houses. By some estimates, more than 300 of them dot the county now, many put up in the past few years. More are on the way.