Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to all, if you are traveling to see your friends and family! This Thanksgiving, I’ll be traveling out of town to see family. Traditionally, I associate this holiday with football games (yes, I'll be watching the Vikings) and crazy shopping deals, however, I would like to take a more serious look at the holiday and the history of the celebration and appreciation for a successful harvest!
My wife grew up on a family farm in Wells, MN, which is a little west of Albert Lea. The farm began as a humble 100 acre family farm, in which my father-in-law purchased from his father, and has since grown to nearly 500 acres of rich soil, large storage bins, and several buildings to store equipment. In the grand scheme of farming, 500 acres is still considered small and humble, but it’s a great family farm and tradition to carry on.
Just a few weeks ago, I was down on the farm, driving a tractor and listening to some audiobooks, and I really found a great appreciation in the simplicity of farming as we know it today vs. our history. If you take a trip through Eagan, MN, for example, you’ll find farms being worked, planted, and harvested by incredibly primitive or small equipment. As I watch that, I can’t imagine what America’s original settlers had to work with, using horses and small equipment! Don’t get me wrong, it takes a lot of hours behind the wheel, not to mention some hard equipment maintenance and work, but it’s become much more of a business process than you may realize, if you haven’t spent time on a farm recently.
My wife and I have been married for 6 ½ years, and dated for a few years prior. During this time, I've come to notice that there’s always been a couple constant themes in her family. -Be thankful for a successful crop and celebrate anything worth celebrating. This year, we had a record crop on corn and a near all-time record on beans, so we definitely have something to celebrate! I’ve learned a lot in 8 years of being on the farm!
Happy Thanksgiving and stay safe everyone!