It was cold today, did you know that? I bet you did. A whole host of businesses were closed, including the Illinois Farm Bureau, planes were grounded, government offices shuttered and police and government agencies were begging people to stay inside. With -45 to -50 degree wind chills, you have to. Or else you might lose some important body parts.
But guess who didn’t get to stay inside today? Farmers. Including my mom:
And, my uncle, aunts and grandpa, who were out milking cows. And every other farmer who had livestock to take care of on this cold winter day. They don’t get a day off just because the cold temps are ‘life-threatening,’ according to the DeWitt County Sheriff. The cows still need to be milked, horses need to be hayed and pigs need to be fed. Twenty-fours hours a day, seven days a week.
Since most of my Facebook friends have a farm background, I’ve seen a lot of posts today asking folks to remember the farmers outside working.
But, the best one I saw was from a Chicago-area mom. In fact, it was from one of last year’s Field Moms! Thanks, Amina, for remembering to thank the farmers growing your food.
And make sure to check out Amina’s blog, Momma Mina. She has some pretty cool stuff, including posts about her time as a Field Mom!