Tales from Beacon Hollow Farm: A barnyard thanksgiving dinner

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 9:45am

The true tradition of Thanksgiving involves historical roots bordering on religion and culturally established patterns.

Essentially, this means thanks and blessings on the bounties of our harvests going as far back as our founding fathers and mothers. The day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. While we all feast and display thanks on this day (in no way do I mean to diminish our people Thanksgiving), but let’s not forget that not only we humans — but also our animals can take part in a Thanksgiving Day blessing of the harvests. 

Living on a farm with mostly rescued animals — rescued meaning they all came from somewhere where they were no longer wanted or could no longer be cared for by someone else — we have a flock, a herd, a pack and a band of thankful animals. They all have a story, some good, some bad, and it is reflected in their eyes. In many ways Thanksgiving is every day at Beacon Hollow for these innocent creatures who have been cast out from their former homes. We celebrate the holidays here in a harmonious union. What would Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving be without animals either in a basket, manger or on a platter?

All of us at Beacon Hollow will give thanks this season for all of our blessings, out health, our crops (green grass, corn, and hay), weekly supply of dog, goat, and cat food via UPS and a turkey with trimmings on our dining room table. Behold good memories of the animals that contribute to these great holidays, all of them, horses, donkeys, goats, dogs, cats, chickens, and ducks. In reality we are the ones that are rescued and have thanks in our eyes for having them. 

We wish everyone a happy, bountiful and blessed Thanksgiving from the farm and animals on, and sometimes running down, Beacon Hill Road.