From One Farmer to Another

Guest Post by Caleb Metzler.

I think the late, great Paul Harvey said it best “And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, I need a caretaker. So God made a farmer.”

Metzler Farm Great Uncles
Great Uncle Metzlers

Whether you are born into it, married into it, or doing your best to get started, farming is not just a way of life. It is an unspoken dedication to the land they cultivate and sew. They feed the masses of this ever-growing world. You would think a farmer wears a broken watch. Long days, foregone weekends, missed birthday parties, bloody knuckles and sweat beaded brow are his or hers Tuesday.

Great Uncle Metzler
Great Great Grandfather Holcomb

They start their day before the sun comes up and finish when most Americans are wrapping up the newest episode of Game of Thrones. While you’re sitting at the lake on Independence Day feeding your kiddos a hot dog, remember somewhere in this great country a farmer is harvesting the wheat that made the hot dog bun you’re eating. A farmer is feeding the hogs that made your delicious hot dogs and fertilizing the barley for that cold one you’re slammin’ in your lawn chair.

Wheat harvest with combines
Metzler Farms Wheat Harvest

Soon, fall will come whistling by our windows and doors and the chill of winter’s breath creeps around the collar of your coat. When the only thing that sounds more satisfying is a cup of hot chocolate and a warm fire, a farmer is out harvesting corn, milo, millet or beets. They do this before the winter snow settles the earth and puts their sacred fields to sleep for the long winter ahead.

Combines unloading wheat
Metzler Farms’ Harvest Crew

Before you run to the grocery store and buy that loaf of bread, gallon of milk or even your favorite Ribeye steak for dinner, take a moment to look to the sky and say “Thank You Farmers!” Chances are they will hear you as they continue to work away under that same blue sky. They keep our refrigerators stocked, our bellies full and our hearts warm with admiration.

On behalf of Farm Wine Dine, from one farmer to another, thank you to all the farmers out there on National Farmers Day!

Please leave your comments below.  Until next time, cheers!

 

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