Ice cream, bacon cheeseburger, cheese & broccoli, donuts, corn on the cob… These are just a few things that come to mind when I think about food. I often take for granted all the work that it takes just to allow me to enjoy these wonderful foods. Yes that is correct, I work daily caring for our livestock and soil to provide some of the first steps in the process that ultimately leads to food on my plate three times each day and all too often I selfishly devour my meal without a thought of all the hard work that allowed me to eat that meal.
However, this is not always the case as sometimes I stop and think about all the ingredients on my plate and some of the hard workers who made sure that it was possible. Thanksgiving is no exception, and that is why today on the eve of my Thanksgiving meal I will be giving FoodThanks.
This is no simple task as there are several individuals who often are forgotten in our food system. When thinking about growing our food for thanksgiving of course we have to give Food Thanks to the farmer who cared for the turkey and ham or who grew the potatoes or Rice but this is just the beginning of my foods journey to my plate. When I give FoodThanks what I often think about the many other hard working individuals who make my food and Thanksgiving meal possible as that starts long before the farm.
Farmers need tools in order to operate efficiently, as a farmer I am very thankful to those who provide materials to construction workers who help build barns for our livestock and those who invest in research and technology so we can have seeds that perform well for the specific soils on our farm in many different environments.
I often think about the Butchers who have mastered the art of processing the many animals on farms into cuts that are easy to cook and prepare for meals, the truck drivers that not only ship our goods from the fields but also work hard to safely move foods from processors to the grocery store where there are several other hard workers who deserve many thanks for our food!
In what ways are you thankful for your food? Join in with several others from across the globe and help share your FoodThanks today on Facebook, with a tweet, or a pin and share blog posts about your favorite foods and other things you are thankful about over this year’s holiday season.