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Historically Fort Bend: Thanksgiving in Fort Bend County

Carloads of Sweetness from Fort Bend County.

Carloads of Sweetness from Fort Bend County.

When folks think of Thanksgiving, memories of family, fun and fellowship abound. However, food takes center stage. Meals of turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, cornbread, pumpkin pie and more line dinner tables and fill our stomachs. Throughout the years, the rich soil of Fort Bend County has provided a bountiful harvest for local farmers including many of the things we’ve celebrated in our Thanksgiving meals. Sweet potatoes were grown near Simonton, rice and corn in fields throughout the county, sugar cane in and around Sugar Land, and more vegetables than could be counted were grown on farms from Guy to Katy and Kendleton to Stafford. In addition, farmers and ranchers raised pigs, turkey, chickens and cattle that have also found their way to suppers in November.

As you view these images of our Thanksgiving fare on the field and prairies of Fort Bend County, remember the farmers and ranchers responsible for providing them. The Brazos bottom lands and fertile prairies are still supplying family tables today at Thanksgiving and every day.


Hogs and pumpkins near Sugar Land.


Corn and cotton field in June, Hillyer Farm, Rosenberg.


Five hundred turkeys for Houston.


Historical facts and photos courtesy of the Fort Bend County Museum Association, Richmond, TX




Historically Fort Bend: Thanksgiving in Fort Bend County

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