Today, we celebrate farmers. More specifically, farmers of our American past. Our culture has changed a lot with regards to farming, but early on in our nation’s history, farming was huge. Part of the “American dream” of old was the idea of having a stake in the land and making something of it with your own two hands. There was pride in cultivating the earth and growing a crop, or raising livestock on wide open fields. Today, though the farming industry has dramatically declined and is mainly owned by large corporations, this kind of passion still exists. The reason why we celebrate this day during the month of October is because harvest season is coming to a close. If you take the name of this holiday literally, we are celebrating old farmers. Which is pretty cool because old farmers have great stories, and great pieces of advice. Though I couldn’t find the exact source of Old Farmers Day, it was first celebrated in the mid 1800s.
How to Celebrate
Read Charlotte’s Web, or watch the movie. If you haven’t heard of it (not sure how this is possible), it’s a sweet farm story about friendship, growing up, the changing of seasons (figuratively and literally) and really cute farm animals. Somehow, even Charlotte the spider is cute. And if you know me at all, you know “spider” and “cute” NEVER appear in the same sentence.
Sing Old McDonald. E-I, E-I-O.
Go to your local farmer’s market and get some yummy fruits and veggies, fresh from farmers themselves! It’s a great way to support your local farming industry, and it’s also (in most cases) a ton fresher than what you would get at the supermarket.
“She likes the way it’s pullin’ while we’re tillin’ up the land. She’s even kind of crazy ‘bout my farmer’s tan. She’s the only one who really understands what gets me: she thinks my tractor’s sexy!” – Kenny Chesney
Advice from Old Farmers:
Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
Every path has a few puddles.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen.