SC Commissioner Hugh Weathers: Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thursday is Thanksgiving. SC Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers is here to tell us more about what he is thankful for.

  • It is an understatement to say that this has been a year unlike any other. Despite the pandemic and other turmoil of 2020, our list of blessings is still a long one.
  • This year, you may be celebrating your day of thanks differently. You may not be traveling across the country to see friends and relatives or have the same large family gatherings that you may be used to.
  • But there are some things that never change. South Carolina farmers continue to supply the state, nation and globe with affordable food that tastes great. From sweet potatoes, to pecans to leafy greens, SC Farmers have the table covered.
  • One positive to Thanksgiving during the pandemic, is that you have plenty of options to have your Thanksgiving ingredients or entire meal delivered right to your doorstep.
  • The includes everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving staple, turkey, which has a long history in South Carolina.
  • Turkeys are South Carolina’s second largest commodity, totaling more than $500 million in production, though the vast majority of SC turkeys aren’t destined for Thanksgiving tables. There are several smaller SC farms raising heritage turkeys, another option for people looking to eat local.
  • While you’re enjoying your Thanksgiving turkey this year, I hope you’ll take a moment to give thanks for our South Carolina farmers who grow safe, nutritious and affordable food for families in South Carolina, across the country and around the world.
  • Remember to be thankful during these hard times for the things we do have and the people we lean on. The list is long, but great food, loving family and good health are at the top of mine. On behalf of SCDA, have a happy Thanksgiving!