Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to express appreciation for all of the things that are too easy to take for granted the rest of the year. Many families have a tradition of sharing one thing they are thankful for and at our table it is sometimes mushy and sentimental but more often funny and light-hearted. Whatever the tone of this annual sharing, the food is waiting and I have time for only a brief summary of what is in my heart. So here are a few groups that I am very thankful for that might not get airtime at dinner tomorrow…There will be a slice of pie raised in your honor in our house tomorrow!
- Consumers. Especially those that care about buying locally produced goods and services.
- Farmers’ Market Managers. They are heroes in my book, juggling a thousand details to keep the markets operating, working crazy hours for little to no compensation.
- My Extension colleagues. They are a dedicated bunch, and pretty darn smart too!
- People who disagree with me. These people give me opportunity to test my assumptions, hone my arguments and, occasionally, change my mind.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!