Food for Thought
There’s a bit of folk wisdom that says, “Who is rich? He who is thankful for what he’s got.” We’ve all seen people who have every material thing, and yet they’re dissatisfied and discontent. And then there are people who have far less and yet, because of their thankful attitude, they’re rich in smiles and gratitude. Thankfulness is surely one of the keys to happiness, and we don’t mean just thankfulness over material blessings.
Most people count their family as the thing they most value in life, and Thanksgiving offers a great opportunity to spend time with those nearest and dearest. People also value health, freedom, friendship, community, creative expression, and of course, their relationship with God. All these things are incredible blessings, and yet we often take them for granted, focusing instead on disappointments, frustrations, and setbacks.
The Pilgrims were thankful just to know that they were not going to go hungry over the cold New England winter. The previous winter an alarming number of them had starved, but at that first Thanksgiving they rejoiced over having plenty of vegetables, grains, and game to sustain them.
Today our blessings far exceed those of the original settlers, and yet giving thanks is considered “corny” in some circles. Well, not to us: we give thanks for all the blessings mentioned earlier, and also to you, our customers, for sustaining our business this year, and offering us the opportunity to sell you the very best products we can find. On that note, we’ll proceed to tell you about some delicious goodies we offer that will liven up your Thanksgiving celebrations.
Food for Our Celebrations
Popcorn! Who doesn’t love popcorn? But the kind you get at the supermarket most likely consists of genetically modified corn, because GMO corn now predominates in the marketplace. What we sell is Amish Country Popcorn, a brand that’s guaranteed to be non-GMO. You can get red, white, blue, yellow, purple or even rainbow-colored kernels (although they all pop white) in various sizes, or as gift assortments. We also sell the best oils for popping popcorn: canola, peanut, and coconut. We even sell Ballpark Seasoning Salt that is just like what you had on your popcorn when you were a kid, and Sweet Caramel Glaze, which is all you’ll need to make caramel corn.
Another delicious product we sell that comes to us from the Amish is Mrs. Miller’s Homemade Jams. These jams contain all-natural ingredients, no preservatives, and are rich and pulpy with fresh fruit, be it apple, apricot, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, cherry, gooseberry, grape, peach, rhubarb-strawberry, or strawberry. There’s even hot pepper jelly, and also sugar-free jams and jellies. If you can’t decide, try one of the assortment packs that contains little bottles of strawberry, black raspberry, and rhubarb-strawberry jam, along with elderberry jelly, hot pepper jelly, and peanut butter spread.
Talking about spreads, our Jake and Amos Spreads are all-natural, and come in some intriguing flavors. Besides the classic apple butter with spice (with or without sugar), there are also naturally sweetened pumpkin butter, and sweet potato butter. Try putting those out on your Thanksgiving table, and watch the delighted faces of those who have never before spread pumpkin or sweet potato onto their bread! Finally, don’t send your guests home without a handful of our candy corn, or a few of our primose-filled red raspberry candies.
Food for the Hungry
Finally, we want to say that we feel our Thanksgiving would be missing something essential if we failed to reach out to those who are in need. Despite an abundance of food in this country that is beyond anything the Pilgrims ever dreamed of, the latest statistics are that 49 million Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from!
One charity that is doing great work to help feed America’s hungry is Feeding America (formerly Second Harvest), a non-profit that distributes 3 billion pounds of food a year to more than 400 food banks. If you give before November 25, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a corporate sponsor. Feeding America has consistently been ranked one of the best-run charities, allocating only 1.3% to administrative costs. Join us as we give financially in order to give hope to families, hope to communities, and hope for a happy holiday for all by donating to Feeding America.