Monday, July 18, 2011

Harvest family tradition - and try wheat gum!

Harvest is a special time of year for our family.  I am thankful to be part of a large multi-generational farm family, and am proud of how hard farmers work.  Today it is easy to make a sandwich and not think about how that bread made it to the grocery store.  We live in a suburb of Kansas City, so I really appreciate being able to take my city kids to our family farm to see how their food makes it to the table!

City kids on the farm:


With Grandpa & Grandma:

Few things are as beautiful as a Kansas wheat field.

Did you know you can open up the wheat,
take out the seeds,
and chew them to make wheat gum?
My dad taught me this when I was a child,
and showed my kids at Harvest.

Wheat gum is not sweet!

The tractors & combines all lined up
and ready to harvest the wheat!

I learned how to drive a tractor
when I was 15 years old.

Some interesting Kansas farming facts:
(from the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture)

Kansas farmers typically produce more wheat than any other state in the United States.  In 2009, Kansas wheat accounted for more than 16% of all wheat produced nationwide. 

Other Kansas crop rankings:
1st in grain sorghum
2nd in cropland
3rd in land in farms & sunflowers produced
4th in summer potatoes
6th in hay produced
7th in corn for grain
9th in soybean production
15th in dry edible beans
16th in oats
17th in upland cotton

 So thank a Kansas farmer today!
It's still Harvest time, and if you don't know a farmer to visit,
go for a drive...with all those statistics, it shouldn't take long to find a farm. 
Appreciate our amazing farming heritage!


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