As you gather for Thanksgiving, remember farmers

Danielle Herrick is the Wyoming County Dairy Princess.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Though Thanksgiving may look a little bit different this year, I hope that you are able to keep some of the traditions, as that is what makes the holiday season so special.

One of my favorite traditions was getting up early and going to my grandparents’ house to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade while we prepared the food.

On the topic of Thanksgiving, as the holiday is quickly approaching, I would encourage you all to give thanks to all of the hardworking farmers who have helped to make sure that there is plenty of food available for you to place on your tables. Before those potatoes made it to the store, and before your cranberries were placed into that can, there was a farmer out somewhere who put a lot of care into making sure that you were going to receive the most nutritious food possible.

There are many people who have some level of confusion about where their food comes from, as they simply pick it up from the store and never have the chance to interact with the farmer. One of my favorite misconceptions is that chocolate milk comes from brown cows, which is not true, yet about 16 million believe this statement to be true.

So this year, as you gather around your table set with all sorts of foods from the stuffing to the pumpkin pie to the almost essential turkey, please take a quick second to give thanks to all of the hard-working men and women who have grown this food for you to consume. Also, give an extra thanks to the dairy farmers, because before they can sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, the cows must be fed and milked just like every other day. Likewise, don’t forget to add a serving of dairy into your meal, maybe by having a glass of milk to go with the potatoes, or by topping your pumpkin pie with some Reddi-Wip as it contains dairy.

No matter how you plan on celebrating, whether you are gathering or having a virtual dinner, I hope that you are all able to take the time to remember everything that we have to be thankful for, especially in a year as crazy as the one that we have had.

The recipe that I added this time is my great aunt Eileen’s recipe. Enjoy the turkey!

Pumpkin Delight

Ingredients/Directions

Crust

1 stick of butter

1 cup of flour

½ cup of walnuts, chopped

Cream together, press into an 8-by-12-inch pan, bake at 350° for 15 to 18 minutes and let cool.

Ingredients/Directions

Filling

8 oz. of cream cheese

1 cup of confectionary sugar

1 cup of Cool Whip

Blend together and spread on top of the crust.

2 packs of instant pumpkin pudding

3 cups of milk

Whip together and spread on top of the previous layer, cover with a layer of Cool Whip and serve.

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