Happy Turkey Day!

Already my Thanksgiving has started out just like everything else in 2020... DERAILED!

Happy Turkey Day!

Well, I woke up early this morning with grand ideas of pulling together a nice, casual Thanksgiving for the family bubble and planning to send this newsletter several hours ago.

This is 2020, I should have known my best laid plans were merely that! Suffice it to say, we had a minor pet emergency (since contained, pet will be okay), but it caused some havoc and derailed my morning. But, if 2020 has taught me anything it is, be willing to let go and go with the flow.

So, here I am doing just that! Thanksgiving dinner will be ready when it’s ready and we’ll enjoy the heck out of it. I’m just so happy to have my husband and children here with me, happy, healthy and in the moment.

And, I wish the same for you and your loved ones.

In the meantime, I have a few recent pieces I wanted to share.

First off, a Thanksgiving themed-subject, the history of turkey production! Some people have mentioned to me this piece is sad. I suppose it sort of is, in a way. I didn’t really think about it in that manner when I wrote it.

My objective was to shed light on what happened to turkey production in the United States, and to make people think how we can apply these lessons (better or worse) as we ponder food production, farming and what we want that to look like into the future.

I’d love to hear what you think about this piece?

What Happened to America's Turkeys?


Then, I have another piece I wrote recently that also really got me to thinking, especially this time of year when our personal food choices dominate our plates.

Eating meat, in particular, has taken a lot of heat in the last few years. I don’t have a problem with folks who chose a vegetarian or vegan diet but as somebody who has raised, and slaughtered, my own family’s meat for years I have often struggled with the disconnect between anti-meat proponents and livestock’s role in healthy food and farming systems.

Check out my profile of nutritionist and author Diana Rodgers and the pro-meat case she makes in her new book and movie, Sacred Cow.

Making the Case for Meat


And finally, because I love the veggies too, a fun piece I admired from NPR about one of my favorite (and most maligned) holiday vegetables.

Eat Your Brussel Sprouts!


Happy Turkey (or Tofurkey!) Day friends!

Georgie Smith, aka “Farmer Georgie,” is a fourth generation farmer, agricultural journalist, humorist, freelance writer and all-around farm and food writing gal. She spent 20 some years farming on a Pacific Northwest island north of Seattle so she’s got plenty to say when it comes to food and farming issues. But still loads to learn.

Open for assignments, collaborations, ideas, giggles and just “shooting the breeze” conversations. Email at - farmergeorgiewrites@gmail.com.

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