Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Living in the land of plenty

A while back I was given a box of old post cards from my great grandfather to my great grandmother before they were married. She did a lot of traveling around the Midwest, especially for the era in which she lived. One of the cards caught my eye immediately. It is of a bountiful harvest of apples in the little Michigan town of Baroda. Being a historian, I wanted to find out a little more. Ends up Baroda and the county of Berrien is one of the major fruit producers in all of Michigan. Those 15,000 bushels of apples would take up three and a half semi-trucks if loaded up today. To get an idea of how many apples this is, it takes on average, 126 apples to make a box (which is equal to a bushel) That means, in this picture there is about 1,890,000 apples. Wow. This harvest was definitely picture worthy.

As you get ready to have your Thanksgiving feast don't forget where your food comes from and those that work so hard to put it on your table.