Is it that time of year already? Most of the harvest is in now and Thanksgiving is upon us. I am not sure if the legends of the first Thanksgiving are true, but they do give us an idea of the reasons for the celebration. It was an opportunity to be thankful and to share with others.
Those to whom we need to be thankful this season are the farmers. If you have food on your table, in your fridge and cupboard, thank a farmer. Sometimes what arrives at the house from the grocery store hardly resembles something that came from a farm, but, nevertheless, it originated there. Perhaps it comes from a local farmer or one from Alberta, California or Mexico, but thank a farmer. The food we eat may come from a large operation, or it may come from a small, one family farm. Regardless, we thank a farmer. We thank a farmer for the long hours, the risks, the financial burdens and the worries, for without them, we would have no food. Few people in today’s world can grow or have sufficient knowledge to produce much in the line of their own food. Thank a farmer. From the turkey on your table, to the potatoes, the cranberries, the squash and the pumpkin pie with whipped cream, we thank a farmer, for without the farmer, we would starve.