The fourth Thursday of November is not just all about the food; it’s traditionally a time to give thanks and build memories with loved ones. Our immediate outpouring of gratitude always seems to focus on families and friends, the turkey, stuffing and afternoon football. But Thanksgiving is also a time to give thanks for all of the great, influential people in our lives.
That being said, we’d like to thank our independent family farmers, all of whom work hard every day, year after year to make sure their land and animals are treated as well as possible. Regardless of corn prices, gas prices or weather, our farmers and ranchers continue to practice farming traditions they believe are right. They’re able to pass land onto their children, help mitigate environmental issues like soil erosion and raise animals that are happy and healthy. For this, we are thankful every day of the year.
We are also thankful for those who support our business and our farmers at their local restaurants and grocery stores. Without you, Niman Ranch would simply not exist!
To show our gratitude, here are a few tips from the Niman Ranch team to make your holiday more enjoyable:
• Start a tradition where each member of the family shares one thing they are thankful for during meal times in the month of November.
• If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, consider delegating. Have each family or person bring one or two dishes for the meal.
• Prepare side dishes and pies ahead of time and freeze. Do the same with a few extra meals so you don’t have to spend time cooking during your time with out of town guests.
• Use up as much of the food in your refrigerator as possible before shopping for Thanksgiving.
• Make a menu for the big day on your computer. Type up the recipes you will be using, then use the cut and paste feature on your computer to create your grocery list. Label a computer folder “holiday planning,” place it in the folder and use it year after year.
• Buy some disposable containers before Thanksgiving. Pack up a little “to go” pack for everyone to share the leftovers.
• Frozen turkeys take 3-4 days to thaw in the refrigerator. Don’t forget to take your turkey out of the freezer in time or you may be eating Thanksgiving dinner on Friday instead of Thursday.
• Consider inviting a single friend or neighbor to join your family meal. Both family and friends are what make this holiday so special!
As many people celebrate Thanksgiving Day with their loved ones later this week, fully enjoy the day and take it all in. Thanksgiving Day will be gone all too soon, but there is no reason why you cannot continue the spirit of Thanksgiving all year around. Give thanks when you can, and don’t forget to thank a farmer if you get the chance!