Let Us Be Thankful to Our Farm Community

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As Thanksgiving approaches this week, most of us will gather around a table full of scrumptous food that we will overstuff ourselves with before watching football or engaging in some family tradition.

As you look around the Thanksgiving table at the turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and other assorted Thanksgiving fare, remember most of it was produced by an American farmer. These farmers labored, went in debt, worked long hours, suffered through inclement and adverse weather to produce the food you are consuming at the cheapest price in the world.

The US has the lowest amound of household income spent on food among the countries listed according to the USDA.

So as we give thanks this week for the bounty we have been granted, for our good health, for our jobs and our homes and our families, don’t forget to include the American farmer. Obviously, this includes all workers associated with the farming community which includes their families, farmworkers and workers allied industries. Henderson County is the largest agricutural county in Western North Carolina. Many of your friends and neighbors are involved in farming. Thank them for what they do so you can enjoy three healthy, nutritious meals each day.

The attached image shows how much of typical Thanksgiving food was produced by American Farmers last year. What a blessing to live in a country with such an abundant and safe food supply. Thank you farmers!!