From farm to feast

Spark conversation with fun facts about Thanksgiving foods

November 19, 2020 – Amid the pandemic, the Thanksgiving season may look different for many Americans this year. With a new perspective this season, we can take the opportunity to celebrate the full story behind our favorite holiday dishes. The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America have fun information to share as we gather with our closest loved ones for our Thanksgiving meals – especially through Zoom.

The Thanksgiving holiday has its roots in ancient harvest festivals. Americans usually credit the first Thanksgiving in the U.S. to the Plymouth Colony, in November 1621. Grateful people came together to celebrate a successful harvest. Before trade networks or long-term food storage, failed crops meant hunger or even starvation. So, bountiful harvests were causes of great joy.

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