MANY IN IDAHO WILL CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING 2022 WITH NO TURKEYS ON THE TABLE
Happy Thanksgiving! It’s the day of the year that millions of Americans go to great lengths to travel, cook, eat and celebrate all that there is to be grateful for with family and friends. In many ways, holidays are a series of chores we all have to get done to get to the metaphorical gravy. But gravy is one of the literal culinary rewards many of us get to enjoy with the often mammoth-sized holiday meal on this truly unique North American celebration. But this year, many people in the state of Idaho won’t have Turkeys on the table. Not deep fried, beer-canned, stuffed and certainly not carved. It turns out, Idaho has a pretty serious Turkey shortage on Turkey Day, 2022.
IDAHO TURKEYS MISSING BECAUSE BIRD FLU, SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES, EVEN INFLATION
So what happened? The bird flu, of course. And a heat wave. And supply chain issues. What else? Oh, I’m forgetting inflation, too! Just the higher price of things like gasoline has made things worse in terms of the turkey supply in Idaho. I feel bad for all the Idaho folks who couldn’t have or afford a turkey this year. But then again, the whole point of Thanksgiving is to share with everyone in your community. Because some years are lean, and the fall harvest holiday is all about how communities have more together. If we didn’t have lean years, it would certainly be harder to appreciate the seasons of bounty!
LET’S ALL REMEMBER THAT THANKSGIVING ISN’T ABOUT THE TURKEY, IT’S ABOUT CELEBRATING TOGETHER
So sure, it’s a little sad that a lot of folks in Idaho can’t have their turkeys this year. But they still have the holiday itself. And as I recall, triptophanic overdosing is only a part of what many of us consider to be a staple on today’s menu. And I’m talking about ham, chicken, fish (I know, Idaho isn’t a fish state), potatoes of all shapes and mashes, vegetable medleys, stuffing, sauces, cranberry everything, marsh mellows baked on top of any and everything. No matter what, Idaho can still get it’s grateful collective celebration on in full and with full bellies. Even if you’re in Idaho and you lament not eating turkey leftovers for another 3 weeks, you still have everything you need for a perfect Thanksgiving.