First – we want start today’s article by wishing all of our followers a Happy Thanksgiving!

As we always do on this day – we ask those reading to take a second at the end of the article and leave a comment from where you are and how you celebrate.

And yes, that extends to each and every one of you. Including those of you who follow from the now over 220+ countries from all over the world.

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The Farm as it looks in 2018

This day is all about giving thanks – and no matter where you live, or where you are, we are thankful for you.

Celebrating Thanksgiving At The Farm – 2018

For Mary and I, Thanksgiving has always been our absolute favorite holiday of the year.

It is simple. It is pure. And above all else, it has always and will always remain about family.

There are no expectations. No pressure. And no worries about running around at the last minute to pick out the “right” gift.

Thanksgiving is simply an amazing time to get together and enjoy family, friends, conversation, and great food. And a time to be thankful for so many wonderful things.

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We smoked our turkey this year for our feast. One delicious way to make a turkey!

We actually got a jump on our Thanksgiving celebration last weekend with a get-together at the farm with our four kids and a few extended family.

As we celebrated with a wonderful meal and the loud swell of conversation – it made the dream of the farm come alive all over again.

Thanksgiving 2020 – A Dream Of Long Ago Draws Close

It made both of us think back to a time when the farm was just in its infancy. We longingly dreamed of someday being able to host a huge Thanksgiving with both of our extended families as well.

It was 5 years ago today that we penned an article about that dream. It was all based on hoping to have enough completed at the farm that by 2020 – we could host the big event.

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Family, food – and great conversation are staples in our house for Thanksgiving

And as we read back through that long ago article, it made us realize how amazing this journey has been, and how far we have come from those early days. And – how 2020 will indeed be able to happen!

Back then in 2013, all that stood on the land was a chicken coop, a garden, a few year-old fruit trees, and a whole lot of open space and big dreams. Like the dream of having a small house.

It was really neat to read back and see what we thought and hoped for that Thanksgiving. We thought we would share it again today.

Our Thanksgiving Article from November of 2013

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Today, we are going to allow ourselves to dream a little into the future. To think about hosting one big gathering of our families for a future special Thanksgiving Dinner at the Farm.

Although we now grow quite a bit of our own food at the farm, it will still be a few years before some of the long-term plantings like the apple and cherry trees begin bearing sizable yields. And who knows how long it will take our newly planted grapes to grow to make a bottle of wine or two.

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Our kids have certainly grown up! It was great to have them at the farm along with their significant others.

So with that in mind – we picked 2020 as the dream year to perhaps host a big Thanksgiving Dinner at the farm.

And hopefully this dream can become a reality. After all – it wasn’t that long ago – in fact just 3 short years ago (2010), that Mary and I stood at the top of an overgrown hill and dreamed.

The Dream of a Farm…

We dreamed of having a few chickens, a barn and a garden that could provide us fresh food.

With a little work, sore muscles, and the loss of blood now and then, that dream has come true. So why not dream a little more?

It truly is a completely different feeling to sit down to a meal that comes from what you have grown or raised. Everything tastes fresher, more pure, and of course, the satisfaction of knowing exactly where our food came from.

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Homemade apple pie from home-grown apples!

It also tastes better knowing of the work that went into growing it.

From the early spring planting days, to nurturing the crops through the summer months. And then, to the proud moment of harvesting.

Hosting a huge celebration Thanksgiving Feast with family and friends will give us the ultimate chance to share it all with friends in family. And after all, isn’t that where the tradition of Thanksgiving originated from?

The 2020 Menu

So hopefully, by 2020, with a little luck and good fortune, we will be able to serve the first vintage or two of home-made wine.

Maybe the apple and cherry trees, along with the pumpkins from that year’s garden will help to create the pies for dessert. And perhaps we can prepare a feast of green beans, corn, potatoes, carrots, onions, fresh herbs and more from the garden.

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The farm as it looked in 2010.

Who knows – perhaps we might even have our little dream house on the property by then?

But more than anything – we cannot wait for that day to share the fruits of our dreams and labor with our family.

I am sure that over the next 7 years, we will have many highs and lows in the continued building of the farm. But we also know that nothing can ever stop the power of dreams. Can’t wait to see what 2020 brings!

Mary and I both wish everyone a happy and wonderful Thanksgiving season!  Oh, and if you are reading this and are part of our extended family – consider this an invitation for 2020.   Mary and Jim

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Be sure to let us know in the comments where you are celebrating today!

For more in the farms history, you can see all of our old farm updates from over the years here : Sunday Farm Updates

35 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving! And The Dream For A 2020 Thanksgiving Feast

  • November 25, 2018 at 8:24 am
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    Hello and happy thanks giving back at you me and my wife JoAnne we have eleven acres we raise our own Jeff and chickens for meat and eggs we do have a garden a pretty good size and next to start clearing and plant apples peaches and plums and some black berries we will get that done with time hopefully next year so for now may GOD bless you and your family

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  • November 25, 2018 at 12:18 am
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    Belated Thanksgiving wishes from Kennewick, Washington! So glad you are holding onto your farm and continuing to work it into the future. Best wishes from the southeastern Washington State shrub-steppe.

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  • November 24, 2018 at 1:11 pm
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    Belated “happy Thanksgiving”. Made your moist banana bread today and just want to let you know there is a gadget called “Danish dough whisk” it absolutely works wonderful, got it from my Danish girlfriend. Just to pass it on.Enjoy your column.Gert

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  • November 24, 2018 at 7:00 am
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    Celebrated with one side of the family in west central Illinois in Thursday. Now heading to northeast Missouri to celebrate with the other side of the family. Would love to own the small family farm and have that blessed country life. God has been good to us and blessed us where we are closer to town. Learning to be thankful in all things.

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  • November 23, 2018 at 5:33 pm
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    We live in West Virginia, but celebrated with our daughter and family in Maryland! Happy Days!

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  • November 23, 2018 at 5:07 pm
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    Grew up with the WHOLE family…aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, in-laws, and friends gathered every holiday and birthday. Now it is just us two and our daughter….Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, dressing, gravy, cranberries, scallop corn….lots of leftovers. South Dakota, USA

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  • November 23, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    I followed you for a long time before I realized we are right down the road from you (about 12 miles east on 146). I have never pulled in (would love to) but I do try for a quick look every time we drive by. Originally I thought you were more out “in the country. “I appreciate all the hard work you both do and love reading about the rewards you get from that hard work. For quite a few years I did a raised garden (after hip surgery), which was comprised of large pots on a raised platform my husband fixed up for me so I didn’t have to miss out on fresh vegetables. Now I have boxes built on the ground and pick up some tips from you frequently. My biggest upset this year was finding a snake who took up residence in my compost box. Do you have any tips other than refreshing soil with compost frequently when I have to plant the same thing in the same place without room to rotate crops much? Compost is king, so much so that I feel guilty when we are away from home and I see all types of “valuable” material being thrown in the trash. Back to Thanksgiving, we celebrated at my daughter and son-in-law’s house with close family, all those who were close enough to attend. Nothing better than time spent with family and friends. Love to you both.

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  • November 23, 2018 at 12:47 pm
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    Happy Thanksgiving from the Columbia River Gorge. Low key, relaxed day and want to thank you for the incredible gardening experience with my sister this year, using your raised-row method. Our garden was incredible and we’re still ripening tomatoes. It was do-able even for me, at 71 y.o. and I’ve put the garden to bed for the Winter looking fwd to Spring.

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  • November 23, 2018 at 9:31 am
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    Glad you had a great Thanksgiving. I had a small but great Thanksgiving here in Dickens, TX.

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  • November 23, 2018 at 8:27 am
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    A little late, but we enjoy a day at home with just us three. Completely no frills. Our second Thanksgiving in Pumpkin Center, NC.
    Be Blissed!

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  • November 23, 2018 at 6:34 am
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    Four years ago we finally were able to move to our own 5 acres in east central Nebraska, and your posts have echoed how we dream about our place. I have used several of your recipes (loved the corn-syrup- free pecan pie one!) and garden tips, and just enjoy all that your share. Thank you!

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  • November 23, 2018 at 12:11 am
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    Happy Anniversary Jim, Mary and Family enjoy your recipes, gardening tips and so much more I am Canadian so we celebrated in October but so thankful for all the blessings we have. Sheri, Ontario Canada

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  • November 22, 2018 at 7:42 pm
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    Happy Thanksgiving to you and family!! We traveled from upstate NY to celebrate with our family in Worthington, OH that we are so thankful for!! Enjoy all your wonderful articles and updates.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 5:59 pm
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    50th anniversary and great Thanksgiving with son and family at the farm Ames Iowa

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  • November 22, 2018 at 5:40 pm
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    Happy Thanksgiving from Gainesville, Georgia. I’ve been following y’all from the first. It’s been an inspiration to see what you’ve been able o get done over the years. I’ve just had 21 members of my family at my house for dinner. Had a blessed time. Hope you do the same.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 5:37 pm
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    Happy Thanksgiving from Central Florida. Grew up in Missouri so I love and understand your journey.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 3:29 pm
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    Happy Thanksgiving! This year is different for my husband and I. We are serving a mission in Denver and doing a day of service today. We miss our family and traditions but love this opportunity!

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  • November 22, 2018 at 12:12 pm
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    Happy Thanksgiving to all! Celebrating with part of the family here in Reading, PA area.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 12:10 pm
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    Happy Thanksgiving to all and especially to the two of you for doing all you do. We are in southeastern PA and celebrating with just a small bit of our family. What a blessing!

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  • November 22, 2018 at 11:57 am
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    Happy Thanksgiving from Michigan’s Thumb! We celebrated with our out-of-state family earlier this week. So today is more of a normal day (except for the parade on TV). I’ve got venison in the canner and hubbs is replacing a wheel bearing on our vehicle. But our hearts are full of thankfulness.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 11:55 am
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    We are having a quieter than usual Thanksgiving in Portland, Oregon with my husband and 101 year old Mother! We have been her caregivers for 6 years now -in our home- and we are thankful that we are healthy enough to do all that needs to be done regarding her care. Having a nice quiet dinner with just the 3 of us this year is fine–counting our blessings with a nice dinner! Thank you for your wonderful blog!

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  • November 22, 2018 at 11:38 am
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    Happy Thanksgiving from Vancouver, Washington, where we will be gathering with our daughter and young family.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 11:16 am
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    HAPPY THANKSGIVING to u both. We are celebrating in Huntsville Alabama. We also are enjoying fresh food from our garden and farmers market. Today for the two of us, sry four of us (two dogs) we are having corn, limas, deviled eggs, dressing, potato salad, turkey and key lime pie. Can’t wait to eat!!!!!

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  • November 22, 2018 at 11:10 am
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    Bittersweet day… First Thanksgiving since my son committed suicide in May. With the love and support of my amazing family, we will make it through…..Love and hug your kids today. Be thankful you can.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 11:02 am
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    Happy Thanksgiving from frozen Northern Minnesota. Reflecting on the past several years shows how planning and persistence pays off. Also how fast time passes so don’t put your dreams off for someday.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 10:42 am
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    Happy Thanksgiving from Centralia,Missouri.
    Enjoying this day with my family, Daughter-n-law & Son is doing all the cooking. Have a wonderful day.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 10:22 am
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    Happy Thanksgiving to all. Enjoying your emails regarding your dream. Is the move to Tennessee still on?

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  • November 22, 2018 at 10:15 am
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    Happy Thanksgiving from Cherokee, Iowa. We are celebrating with our kids and their family today.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 9:58 am
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    Hope you and all of your family are having a great Thanksgiving Day. Love reading all your post and using a lot of your ideas in our garden keep them coming

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  • November 22, 2018 at 9:41 am
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    Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 from Commercial Point. Celebrating with my mom, sisters and brothers.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 9:35 am
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    Hi and Happy Thanksgiving 🦃. I read your articles weekly and live the recipes. I will be celebrating Thanksgiving with family in New London, Wi.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    Wishes for a warm and cozy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for the inspiring recipes. We will be enjoying the No-bake Pumpkin Cheesecake as a lighter alternative to pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake. (I used Nilla wafers instead of graham crackers because my daughter loves them.) I was fortunate to become aware of your website several years ago and have shared it with many others. Happy feasting!!

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  • November 22, 2018 at 9:28 am
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    North Central Illinois- we will be having Thanksgiving at home with the usual trimmings.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 9:12 am
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    Happy Thanksgiving Mary, Jim & family, (and of course, the chickens!) I love your site, and I am soooo thankful for finally feeling much better….earlier this year I was having respiratory and cardiac issues; (thank you Pulm. Rehab.!) today I am cooking and enjoying myself, being able to do things without being wiped out! Thank you Lord, have a great holiday, Peggy.

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  • November 22, 2018 at 9:02 am
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    Happy Thanksgiving to you! I will be celebrating in Nebraska with family.

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