Barbwire Bob – Rambling Around The Corral with Bob Sweeney

I visit many of the local grocery stores and am impressed with how these organizations operate and supply so much variety with fresh produce, meat, milk, bread, in such an impressive manner.  We should hold these companies in total high respect for working through the pandemic and keeping the shelves stocked with vital products.

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Food prices have risen but so has the cost of producing food with higher fuel prices and labor costs.  Farmers have to pay much higher fertilizer prices,  freight to market and just the cost of doing business.

We enjoy the best food in the world and the farmers and ranchers work around the clock to supply the raw materials to the processing plants and finally to the grocery stores.  A massive amount of teamwork from the soil to the stomach.

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I purchased a 24-pound Butterball turkey that may just fit in my trusty yellow ancient General Electric roaster inherited from my mother.  If the lid won’t quite close on the bird I can use aluminum foil to keep the heat in until the turkey starts to shrink from the heat.  I had the roaster rewired and has been in the family for decades. Interesting that turkeys have evolved with larger breasts and less dark meat down through the years.  I’ve become quite fond of the Butterball frozen turkey brand. For some reason cooking a turkey dinner gets every dish and pan in the kitchen dirty but the meal is worthy of the clean-up at midnight… right cooks?

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We’ve also gone the easy route of just ordering the entire meal from Whole Foods.  Not a bad choice and the food was excellent but nothing like having those late afternoon leftovers.  Sometimes the second meal is even better than the first.  We have on some occasions used rye bread, turkey and ham and made Reuben sandwiches for the evening meal.

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Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday shopping season.  I saw a cartoon of someone sailing out in a boat to do some early shopping to the ships waiting to be unloaded.

Retail stores have their headaches, but it appears that most of the local merchants and malls have plenty of product.  Remember that gift cards help stores and are appreciated by the recipients. I do believe that holiday business will be strong this year for retailers.

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I enjoyed hearing Dr. Tony Frank the Chancellor of CSU Systems speak to the South Denver Metro Chamber last Friday at the Lone Tree Arts Center. My alma mater, the school now has 35,000 students along with a new football stadium.  I see where the city of Ft. Collins is purchasing the land where the old football stadium was located.   Dr. Frank feels that higher education will continue to thrive and that college leads to a happier life, I think he is right. Go CSU.