By Emily Smith

Thank A Farmer, Today And Every Day

November 22, 2021

I’m sure I’m not the only one eagerly awaiting the Thanksgiving holiday this week. It is my very favorite. In fact, it’s my version of heaven: the daylong cooking, the delicious food, the surrounding company of loved ones and pie.

I often think about the bounty of food I can access, not only for this holiday but year-round. As Americans, we are so fortunate to have farmers who grow safe, nutritious and affordable food in every state and territory across the country.

Where do those cherished Thanksgiving meal ingredients come from? Whether we find ourselves enjoying turkey from Minnesota, potatoes from Idaho, fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts from California or cranberries from Massachusetts, let’s be grateful for their dedication to feeding our country and the world.

The heart of my role at Trust In Food is amplifying producer voices and bringing together a community around sustainable agriculture. As we go into this holiday season, I hope to continue to do so by reminding those of us who aren’t farmers or ranchers to take a moment to recognize the sacrifice and dedication of those who are. (And if you happen to be a farmer, how are you taking care of your crops or livestock while enjoying your holiday? Send me a note or picture at esmith@farmjournal.com.)

As we gather around the table with our loved ones this week, I’m hopeful we’ll take a moment to thank each and every farmer who worked to make our meal possible. I know I will.

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