Farmers-Consumers Awareness Day – Appreciating the Hard Work That Goes Into Growing Our Food!

Sep 14th

Saturday is here again, and as usual I am puttering along at a much slower pace than usual.  The rest of my day will be spent cleaning and organizing, so this time of quiet is a nice break.  Can’t last long though – it’s nearly time for brunch and since I’m the one fixing it, I’d better get things going.  Today is a little short on celebrations, but they are good ones!  You ready?

Farmers-Consumer Awareness Day – We all need to be aware of, and appreciate, where our food comes from, and the hard work and dedication that goes into getting it from its source and onto our tables.  You’d be SHOCKED and absolutely stupefied at how many people really say OUT LOUD that they don’t approve of hunting, or killing animals for food, that we should just go to the grocery store to get our meat.  Huh? Seriously? Yup, I’ve read just such stupid comments.  Wow – these people breed and they vote, and that does not bode well for the future of this country.  It’s folks with THAT mentality who helped get us in our current dismal situation.  But I digress . . .Today is Farmer-Consumer Awareness Day in Quincy, Washington.  Now I looked and couldn’t find any indication that this is something that is celebrated anywhere else, but wherever there is a farming community I feel it should be observed.   This celebration began in Quincy in 1981 when Dennis Higashiyama was listening to the radio and heard a story on the Paul Harvey show that illustrated how farmers and consumers had drifted apart, leaving people with little or no understanding of how food actually gets to the grocery store shelves.  This is the opportunity for farmers to show off the fruits of their labors and demonstrate the tools and techniques that they use in their work.  For the public, it’s a great way to learn about where our groceries come from, and to talk to the people who grown them for a living.  Since the time of the first celebration, this event has grown to include tours of the areas processing plants and farms, displays of farm equipment, booths with information and commodities and a farmer’s market.  It has even been expanded to include the Grand Parade, the Farm to Market Fun Run, live entertainment, cook-offs, arts and crafts, a car show and booths that have locally grown deliciousness.  Plan a trip to Washington the 2nd Saturday in September next year and celebrate this one in person!

For your entertainment I’m including the link to a really great video.  It’s fun!  It’s called Farmer’s Style and is a parody done Gangnam Style.  I really enjoyed it and hope you do too.

This Day In History

1814 – Francis Scott-Key composed the lyrics to “The Star Spangled Banner”.

Food Celebrations of the Day

National Eat a Hoagie Day –  Yum!  I need to get started on brunch because this is sounding mighty wonderful right now.  Hoagies – you might know them as subs or grinders – are delicious and pretty  much you can choose to have one any way you want. In 1992, the hoagie was declared the official sandwich of Philadelphia, which many consider its birthplace.

National Cream Filled Donut Day – Well, this is a dangerous food celebration for sure!  Here we are, being so well behaved with our weight loss program, and along comes something like this and well, we just HAVE to celebrate, right? Right???  Donuts are always lovely, but when you fill them with creamy goodness, that just makes them extra special.   The most popular cream filled donuts are chocolate or vanilla cream.  I’m betting though that just about any flavor would be delicious.  If you’re near a decent donut shop today, maybe stop in and get one and savor every bite.  Any treat needs to be savored for what it is and not rushed through.  Mmmmmm. . . .

Well there you have it!  The Saturday celebrations.  You may not be anywhere near Quincy, WA, but if you are near a Farmer’s Market, go browse the wares and give some thought about the time, effort, expertise and dedication that went into what is on the table in front of you.  We wouldn’t do so well without our farmers, so give them some appreciation today.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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