Unlike your local supermarket and big box retailer, we have enough patience to wait for one holiday to end before we begin celebrating another. So, now that the frights of Halloween are all wrapped up, let’s talk about the festivities of Thanksgiving.
As we continue to consider the health of our families amid the pandemic, some of our traditional celebrations have taken a new form. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our love of good food.
Whether you enjoy turkey or ham, pumpkin or sweet potato pie, or endless amounts of mashed potatoes or stuffing, the one commonality between our Thanksgiving table spreads is the farmers who work very hard to help put it on our tables.
Ninety-seven percent of all U.S. farms are family owned. Without these family farmers, the holiday season and everyday life would be impossible. North Carolina has a diverse agricultural landscape, so as you plan your holiday menus, consider which meats and crops may come from a family farm right here in our state.
According to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the state ranks number one in the country for sweet potato production and number two for turkeys. North Carolina also ranks third for hogs and pigs.
The agriculture industry continues to grow, including technological innovations that contribute to increasing yield and enhancing sustainable practices. For companies like BASF Agricultural Solutions North America – located right here in the Triangle – preparing farmers for these ever-growing needs is part of the everyday job that helps ensure food gets from farms to our plates, especially during the holidays.
Farming is undeniably the biggest job on earth, with farmers challenged to feed the 7.7 billion world population, which is expected to reach more than 9 billion by 2050. While enjoying your family meal this holiday season, consider the local farm families behind your plate.
You can find ways to become more involved in our local agriculture industry, like buying locally grown and made goods. And most importantly, enjoy a holiday season that supports our farming friends and neighbors.