WEST CALDWELL, NJ - Naturally, when everyone thinks of November, the focus is on Thanksgiving – wonderful turkey dinners, time with family and friends, new and old traditions celebrated and handed down to future generations. 

However, there is also another reason to be thankful for this time of year. Orchard Center for Learning notes that November is Harvest time, and with that comes the celebration of one of the cornerstones of the world’s diet – bread. 

November is National Bread Month.

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Bread has played an important role in cultures throughout the centuries.  From our ancestors who made the earliest forms of bread, to bread shortages that plaqued millions of people to Marie Antoinette who carelessly ignited a revolution with the simple haughty words – ‘Let them eat cake’ – delivered to her starving subjects who could not afford bread. Below are some Fun Facts parents can share with their children to discuss the importance of the Harvest season:

  • It is thought Swiss lake dwellers made the first bread in 6,700 B.C. That’s over 8,000 years ago!
  • U.S. wheat farmers produce enough wheat to create 146 billion loaves of bread annually.
  • U.S. wheat farmers work hard to feed the world.
  • Assuming a sandwich was eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it would take 168 days to eat the amount of bread produced from one bushel of wheat. 
  • Numerous types of wheat make different products such as hearth breads, rolls, croissants, cereals, bagels, pizza crust, crackers, pretzels, flat breads and pastas,  to name a few.

So this season, when you are enjoying a bountiful Thanksgiving holiday, please teach your children to also be thankful for our farmers and for our wonderful breads! We at Orchard School wish everyone Happy Holidays!