In 1621 the Pilgrims of Plymouth had a celebration that is considered the First Thanksgiving. Colonist William Bradford noted in his journal that there were definitely wild turkeys in the Plymouth area. Since Bradford wrote of how the colonists had hunted wild turkeys during the autumn of 1621 and since turkey is a uniquely American (and scrumptious) bird, it gained traction as the Thanksgiving meal of choice for Americans after Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. The birds are large enough that they can feed a table full of hungry family members, and unlike chickens or cows, they didn’t serve much utilitarian purpose like laying eggs or making milk.
Thanksgiving is also the time to give thanks and reflect on all the blessings we have. All of us at Nadco are thankful for our family, friends, and of course our customers. Happy Thanksgiving to all!