FARMER-CONSUMER AWARENESS DAY

TL 9-12 FARMER-CONSUMER AWARENESS DAY

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Today the farmers in Quincy, WA are bringing farmers and consumers closer together.  Quincy’s FARMER-CONSUMER AWARENESS DAY (FCAD) started in 1981 when Dennis Higashiyama was listening to the radio. He heard a story on the Paul Harvey show that illustrated how farmers and consumers had drifted apart – leaving many people with little or no understanding about how food actually arrives on their grocery store shelves.

The farmers show off the fruits of their labor and demonstrate the tools and techniques that they use in their work.  The public has a great opportunity to learn about where groceries come from and talk to the farmers.  Through the years the even has grown successfully with tours of area processing plants and farms, displays of farm equipment, informational and commodity booths, and a farmer’s market.  There’s also a Grand Parade, a car show, cook-offs and the Farm to Market Fun Run.

I was fortunate to grow up around farmers so I appreciate the hard work involved in getting food to my table.  Sadly, all I have left of the farm is memories.  I wish I could have a piece of barn wood to hold on to, but the ol’ barn down on Granny & Grandpa’s farm is long gone now. What started out as a big, brand spankin’ new bright red barn with white trim, slowly faded into a less than attractive building with holes just large enough to let the wind howl. It held a combine and some hay for a while, then one day it blew down to the ground. By then there was no need for a barn. Grandpa Frank was gone and Granny was in a nursing home. The barn had served its purpose and collapsed from exhaustion. Poor thing.

Barn wood is very popular these days.  People just love to get ahold of something old and make it new again.

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Barn wood is used for all sorts of things like picture frames and trays.

Etsy is my go-to source for what’s hot in décor. Turns out, barn wood is a money-maker. I saw a piece of subway art on barn wood for a cool $150 and a reclaimed piece of barn wood made into a church pew for almost $1,000. There were some barn wood boxes for $38 a piece and a barn wood bed for… well, you get the idea. Makes me feel sick when I think of how my family set the ol’ barn on fire and watched it burn to the ground – well, what was left of it.

I’m glad there are farmers who share with consumers in an effort to keep the lines of communication open.  We appreciate the work farmers do.

Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.  – Henry Ford

I like the idea of something old being given a new purpose. Barn wood gets re-born to live a new life. I was like an old piece of barn wood, just all used up by first one thing then another, until God found me and set me on a straight path. Then I was all reshaped and was given a new purpose in life. This ol’ barn is sure thankful to the Master Carpenter for all He’s done!  😉