Monday, September 10, 2012

Thanks for the Meal-Thank a Farmer

Farmer's Song

Dusty old farmer out working your fields
Hanging down over your tractor wheels
The sun beatin' down turns the red paint to orange
And rusty old patches of steel
There's no farmer songs on that car radio
Just cowboys, truck drivers and pain
Well this is my way to say thanks for the meal
And I hope there's no shortage of rain

Straw hats and old dirty hankies
Moppin' a face like a shoe
Thanks for the meal here's a song that is real
From a kid from the city to you

The combines gang up, take most of the bread
Things just ain't like they used to be
Though your kids are out after the American dream
And they're workin in big factories
Now If I come on by, when you're out in the sun
Can I wave at you just like a friend
These days when everyone's taking so much
There's somebody giving back in

Straw hats and old dirty hankies
Moppin' a face like a shoe
Thanks for the meal here's a song that is real
From a kid from the city to you

 -Murray Mclauchlan-Canadian singer, songwriter

On the Canadian prairies, the typical acre of wheat can produce enough every season to slap down 1650 loaves of bread on your kitchen table.  While that figure is startling, you can imagine how many children will enjoy their PB & J because of the neighbour boys.   

While you are leisurely eating your toast in the morning, remember those light's from the combine that you saw late last night. With 75 000 farmers in western Canada producing cereal crops, a lot of bellies are being filled.

This harvest is your meal.

Repost this song and thank a farmer for the tireless hours, science, and commitment to excellence that are being put forth in their practice. 


fernvalley01 said...

Excellent and timely post.

fernvalley01 said...

Meant to add , for years it was my family, dad and uncles that ran the combines late into the night , with us bringing meals and coffee to keep them going , rarely saw much of my dad during harvest otherwise until thanksgiving or later, but was oh so proud to know he was helping to feed the world

Gumbo Lily said...

Thank you, Farmers, for my daily bread. Thanks, Cheyenne, for this tribute.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

It is a tough job! hardworking people for sure!

Jessy @ WestEastern said...

Nice post - a great reminder and an amazing figure/concept to present. I wait for the day that the good, good men and women in agriculture get the immense amount of thanks and credit that they deserve for feeding us all. Cheers to them!

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

So true! Love this post! Thanks so much!!!

LindaG said...

Great post. Thank you and have a blessed week, Cheyenne. ♥

quintuplicatemom said...

Love that song.
Awesome tribute!
Thanks, friend.

Crystal said...

Very true, hard to imagine that much bread is made from a small amount of wheat. Such an important job a farmer has and so often over looked or looked down on.

Tori said...

Amen!! Too bad there are so many that are clueless about how this works.

Jennifer said...

What Tori said!

Angie Berry said...

That is a wonderful song! Too many times our farmers are forgotten, what a shame. Growing up on a farm, I know first hand that it's a lot of work with little pay. Your rewards, bonuses come in the fact that you know what you are doing is helping lots of people and children all over this land. Thanks for this post Cheyenne! You always take me back home.

Rachel said...

Ah, harvest time. Good times for families across the country.
If only more people understood what all went on and just exactly how their food got to the table in the first place...

Thanks for sharing!

Keeping it Cozy said...

What a wonderful post! We have so much to be thankful for.

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