TXK in Season
“Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.” —Daniel Webster
While it may not fit with our American ideal, it is possible to live without new shoes and clothes. While they provide convenience and entertainment, new computers and the latest technologies are not mandatory for life to persist. And while going from place to place would be more difficult, it can absolutely be accomplished without a vehicle. However, of all the trappings of our daily lives, the thing we simply cannot survive without is food, and the value of the farmer brings new meaning to the COVID-coined term “essential worker.”
Today in America, we have moved far beyond the time of our not-so-distant past when daily chores for every household included milking the cow, gathering the eggs, feeding the pig and planting the crops. Those of us born in the late 20th century simply take for granted a refrigerator and pantry stocked with healthy food and endless supplies of milk, eggs, honey and meats. But it is the farmer, gardener, rancher and beekeeper whose sweat and hard work feeds and sustains us. They fuel every success of America.
Texas and Arkansas are at the top of the nation in our production of beef, cotton, rice and chicken, and in our local area, we have an amazing group of farmers who are bringing locally grown produce, honey and meat straight to the residents of the Texarkana area. This is the season for family cook outs featuring a juicy steak on the grill and sweet watermelons for dessert. Let’s be sure to remember and appreciate those who are doing the hard work to make those delicious summer days possible, providing locally grown foods for locally grown families.