Thanksgiving always makes me reflect on the past year and all of the things I have to be thankful for including being healthy, having a lifestyle that I love, living in a country where I have the freedom to worship, work and live as I wish, and family and friends who make my life so full. I truly love living in rural America where I am able to experience nature and wildlife daily.

I have todmit, I don’t really like the colder seasons in Nebraska, but since we added our greenhouses we are able to see growing vegetables almost all year long and this helps my attitude in the coldest of months! My family and I have spent time in the past week harvesting carrots, turnips, lettuce, cucumbers and zucchini, and the tomatoes are starting to set! It’s amazing how green, growing plants help my state of mind – along with the 80+ degree temperatures in the high tunnels when it’s a sunny day. That is my kind of living.

Thanksgiving is a time for family, as well, and good food. We always celebrate with Turkey and Schwarz Family Stuffing (with apples and raisins – yum!) along with mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh bread, cranberries with jalapenos, vegetables and, of course, several desserts!

We are so lucky to have such a great variety of food at our stores, and that makes me thankful for all of the diverse farmers out there who provide this food for our tables.

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