Thanksgiving by the Numbers
I grew up on the East Coast where Thanksgiving always meant cold, usually snow, with smiling pilgrims shaking hands with turkeys lurking around every corner. Mayflower was more than just a moving company, and we wore tinfoil buckles on our Keds and black construction paper hats in elementary school plays. When families get together year after year, the traditions invariably get passed down.
Usually Thanksgiving is about numbers: How many place settings? How many pounds is the turkey? How many calories? How many vegetarians are coming? Do we have enough salad and gluten-free snacks? What time are they getting here? etc. But the most important number for me is always pie—how many of them.
My mom makes the best pies. She learned from her mom. And a year doesn’t go by without a Thanksgiving taste test to re-crown the Pie Queen. Apple, pumpkin, pecan, mincemeat, lemon meringue, just for starters. Mmmmmmm. One of the great Thanksgiving traditions in our family is to serve pie for breakfast on Friday morning. I remember my father explained to me once why it’s so good: apples give you the vitamins and fiber, mom’s fresh wheat crust hits the grain area of the food pyramid, a glass of milk or oat-milk for a little protein, or American-Style with melted cheddar cheese. What’s not to love? There’s a lot to be thankful for out in the world, as long as we make an effort to find it.
This year The FruitGuys are thankful for the full cornucopias of fall fruits we’re showcasing, for our amazing clients, for our wonderful employees that find the fruit, our outstanding farmers who grow the fruit, and everyone else in the fruit chain that helps us do what we do and spread the fruit-love this time of year. Whether you’re driving, flying, or staying home this year, we hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy and be fruitful.
Curious about the rainbow selection of pears in your crate this week? As always, you can check online to find out what’s in YOUR regional mix.
- Jeff Koelemay