(Seguin) -- Farmers and ranchers in Guadalupe County will again be bringing rural and urban communities together thanks to the common thread of food. The Texas Farm Bureau will be serving $1 pork burgers during the annual Texas Food Connection Day. The event is slated for 11:30 a.m. Friday in the local farm bureau office.
Ray Joy Pfannstiel, Guadalupe County Farm Bureau president, says with the growing population and the further disconnect each generation has from the farmer and the rancher, the Guadalupe County Farm Bureau feels it's important to reconnect the urban life to the rural life and inform the urban community of where the foods come from.
He says they want to share the stories of their family farms and ranches, because just two percent of the American population is responsible for growing our food.
"Originally when this started off and luckily at this time of the year, the average American household has earned enough income to pay for the food for the entire year. But we sort of broadened that base down to indicate that it's not just the cheapness, but it's also to get out and try to promote agriculture and let the people know within urban areas where the food comes from. It doesn't necessarily come from the shelves of HEB or Wal-Mart. It's got a long way to go from the farm to the grocery store," said Pfannstiel.
Pfannstiel says the Food Connection Day is about teaching Americans to stretch their dollar with healthy nutritious food. They say it's also a reminder that the American farmers and ranchers combined with the other Agribusiness are committed to producing a safe, abundant, and healthy food supply. Plus, they say food is costly, but remains affordable because agriculture is efficient.
"It gives us an opportunity to spread the word to our community about the efforts that our farmers and ranchers do in the county, in promoting agriculture and showing that the food that we grow is still the cheapest and the safest throughout the world. Then, it just gives us the opportunity to express our gratitude to the local citizens to let them understand and know what's growing out there in our county. It's really cheap to promote agriculture and show that agriculture or the food is still relatively cheap in the United States," said Pfannstiel.
Although Food Connection Day is only held once a year, Pfannstiel says Guadalupe County farmers are open to having more conversations about their farm practices.
"We work hard every day to provide families with fresh, nutritious and affordable food," said Pfannstiel. "We're looking forward to connecting with our consumers today, tomorrow and in the future."
The $1 pork (ham)burgers will be sold on Friday until they run out. There is a limit of two burgers per person. Sodas will also be available for $1. The local farm bureau office is located at 325 S. State Hwy. 46. Proceeds raised will be donated to Seguin's food pantry, the Christian Cupboard.