Gratiot County’s Young Farmers hosted their third annual Feed-a-Farmer event Oct. 29, delivering hot, local meals to 17 farm teams neck-deep in the fall harvest.
“These farmers spend 12 or more hours a day in tractors and harvesters this time of year to harvest crops,” said Stacey Cary-Jenkins, a board member for the Gratiot County Farm Bureau. “The least I can do is spend a few hours of my Saturday delivering a meal and saying thanks!
“Plus, it gives the wives and partners a break from preparing one meal!”
Volunteer members gathered at the Gratiot County Fair for Youth office, where an assembly line quickly took shape and packaged 110 meals!
“It is great that Farm Bureau recognizes us,” said Logan Crumbaugh, harvesting that day near St. Louis. “It is greatly appreciated, and the food is also really good!”
Each meal included pulled-pork sandwiches and cheesy macaroni from Helman’s Market in Alma; crispy-rice cereal treats made by Sue Apple of Apple Catering; fresh apples donated by Anderson & Girls Orchard; and cornbread handmade by Young Farmer Emily Rumple. The meals were packed in containers donated by Anschutz Café in Breckenridge.
On the receiving end were farm crews busy bringing in corn, soybeans and sugar beets, as well as the MAC and ZFS facilities in Breckenridge and Ithaca, respectively.
“It’s a great benefit of Farm Bureau membership while you are busy harvesting,” said Todd Beougher, a Gratiot County Farm Bureau member hard at work near the east county line.
Altogether almost 50 members had a hand in making Feed a Farmer 2022 happen.
“Farmers are working long hours this time of year to make sure we have food on our plates,” said Dylan Arnett, another Gratiot board member. “The least I could do is help out and make sure they got a good meal while they are working!”
“It’s always amazing to see our community come together for their neighbors,” added Young Farmer Chair Tricia McDonald. “I would like to thank every business and volunteer that helped make this event possible.”