Giving Thanks

Squash at Halas Farm in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Squash at Halas Farm Market (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Yes, it’s that time again.  Time to bake pies, roast the turkey, prepare the fixins.  But is that really what Thanksgiving is about?  The Thanksgiving tradition was started by the Pilgrims at the Plymouth Plantation in 1621 as a way to give thanks for their safe arrival to America.  They celebrated by creating a great feast that was shared with the Wampanoag Indians (little did the Wampanoags know what awaited them in the future…).  The festivities consisted of food (venison, wild fowl-including turkeys, and Indian corn) and there was dancing, singing and games.  Nowadays, we forfeit the revelry, instead choosing to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on t.v.

Pokemon Gourds in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Pokemon Gourds at Halas Farm (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

As I contemplated the whole Thanksgiving tradition, I realized how our local farmers and their produce have become such an important part of our holiday festivities.  All through the seasons, these dedicated folks perform back-breaking tasks in order to provide a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for our Thanksgiving tables.  But, that’s just the tip of the pumpkin pie . . .

Connecticut Apples in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Connecticut Apples displayed at Halas Farm Market (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Every day on my way to work, I pass the Halas Farm Market,  This farmer’s market, with its greenhouse and nursery, has been in the family (family owned & operated) for over forty years.  Although I have purchased produce, plants and shrubs from them over the years, I never really thought about what went on behind the scenes ’til I stopped the other day for some pumpkins and started chatting with Mary.  Mary graciously took me around the farm, introducing me to the four legged farm family members as well as the happy flock of free range chickens that lay eggs all year long.  Inside the beautifully maintained rustic barn are shelves stacked with fresh fruit, veggies, squash, pumpkins, local honey, local maple syrup, even local yogurt and milk (in the frig).  Such a cornucopia of visually pleasing treats all displayed in an environment heated to a cozy temperature with an efficient woodstove.  The atmosphere outside is just as enticing; with pumpkins and gourds placed in wooden barrels, baskets, or scattered about decoratively on steps and along walkways.  There are carefully designed hedges of various types of evergreens adorned with red bows for the holidays.  And Mary informed me that wreaths (yes, they make them there) will be available in the near future.

Pumpkin Rows in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Rows of Pumpkins at Halas Farm (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

There are many things I am grateful for all year long; my loving husband, daughter and son-in-law, granddaughter, precious beloved family and friends, my dear readers, my many cherished animals (both wild and domestic), my gardens, home, health, job and the ability to continue to enjoy them all.

Chickens in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Happy Halas Farm Chickens (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

We are all fortunate to have local farmers (in Connecticut find yours at: ) and should support them whenever possible.  Not only will we benefit physically from the healthy produce and tasty local products they offer, but we will be supporting a local business that, in turn, can support other businesses and *charities (Michael & Laura Halas just hosted their 7th annual “Paint a Pumpkin” benefit for juvenile diabetes).  Now that’s something to be thankful for.

~Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours~


  1. Bravo! Great job with the story, photo’s, and support for our Locals….

  2. What a beautiful post Kathy. Wishing all of you a peaceful and abundant day. The whole fam will be in my heart.

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