Why We All Need to Thank a Farmer This Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving: A day spent focusing on all that we are grateful for all while eating more food than we know what to do with. We all have that one person in our family who is going to spend all day in the kitchen making sure that this year’s Thanksgiving dinner is perfect, but there is one person who truly makes thanksgiving dinner possible and that is the farmer.
“Once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, and a preacher but every day, three times a day, you need a farmer.” -Brenda Schoepp
And here’s why:
We all know that food on your table didn’t just come from the grocery store.
The U.S. Farmers Ranchers Alliance did a nationwide survey concentrating on the opinions and attitudes that consumers have about how food is grown. It showed that the majority of consumers think about food production constantly, yet know little to non about how food is brought to the dinner table.
But we do. We know that it came from a farmer’s field or ranch, and that it has been cared for and harvested, and that it took hours of preparation and work on the farmer’s part.
Farmers don’t get a day off.
According to an article written by AG WEB entitled, “Farmers Clock Long Hours”, more than half of today’s farmers and ranchers report spending more than 10 hours a day on farm related work. Rain or shine, snow or sleet, holiday or not, 365 days a year; farmers don’t get sick days or time off for the holidays. Farming and ranching are everyday jobs that require complete dedication to the profession.
No days off means missed dance recitals and ball games, and less time with the family, especially during harvest season. It means no summer vacations, long nights and early mornings.
All of this sounds overwhelming, never ending and completely exhausting.
And honestly sometimes it is.
Some might even ask: Is it worth it?
Here’s the answer: We wouldn’t have it any other way because we love what we do.
This year as you are gathered around the table reflecting on all that you have to be grateful for, take pride in the fact that you played a part in the wonderful meal in front of you, and the thousands of meals around the world being enjoyed not just during the holidays, but every day. Those long nights and early mornings matter. Your contribution matters.