Where Does Your Food Come From?

Meet some of the farmers who bring you those traditional Thanksgiving foods each year, and discover how learning where your food comes from improves the taste.

| October 29, 2010

Do you know where your food comes from? Have you considered the care that goes into your Thanksgiving plate? Not by the hands that cooked it, but by the farmers growing your food.

One of the nation’s leading food and farm advocates, Michele Payn-Knoper, says that farmers in America today are actually a minority group that represents about 1.5 percent of the U.S. population. The majority of Americans haven’t been on a farm in more than five years, and most people are living and eating each and every day without knowing where their food really comes from.

“Get to know a farmer,” she says. “You’ll be amazed and gratified to know the real people who are at the very source of the food we all eat.”

Michele offers a look at where some of the favorite items on the menus for the upcoming holiday meals actually come from:


Turkeys – Grand Rapids, Michigan

A plump, juicy turkey is the traditional centerpiece of most tables. Harley Sietsema is a family farmer in Michigan who wants to be sure that turkey is safe, delicious and affordable. In the course of farming for more than five decades, he has seen practices evolve to keep turkeys more comfortable and healthier.

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