Thankful Tuesday: Peanut Farmers

Well here we are again my little dumplings, it's Tuesday and that means we are 2/5's our way through the work week. 2 day's closer to Saturday. 3 day's away from coffee on the patio (weather permitting.) And 288 hours away from hogging my cattleman selfishly to myself for a precious little while. It will be our second weekend in a row with little to NO schedule *insert happy dance*!! Please tell me your as excited as I am?!!

Anywhoooo, it's time to get thankful and remember to find life's little glasses of lemonade. This week I am thankful for the peanut farmer. I'm sure your saying to yourself, that's random, but I'm Aly and I am random. My inspiration for agvocating the peanut farmer came to me last evening while I was happily munching away on a dozen couple peanut butter-chocolate chip cookies. They were delicious, obviously, and if you don't believe me just ask me. 

So here are a few facts about peanuts and there effect on your daily adventure.

Peanut Facts: Found at the National Peanut Board website located here


  • There are four types of peanuts grown in the USA — Runner, Virginia, Spanish and Valencia.
  • Peanuts are planted after the last frost in April or early May and heaviest harvesting months are September and October.
  • The peanut growth cycle from planting to harvest is 120 to 160 days or about five months.
  • The peanut plant originated in South America.
  • The peanut plant produces a small yellow flower.
  • Peanuts flower above ground and then migrate underground to reach maturity.
  • A mature peanut plant produces about 40 pods that then grow into peanuts.
  • Most USA peanut farms are family-owned and -operated.
  • The average peanut farm is 100 acres.

**Funny side note, I never knew peanuts were a root plant or honestly how they grew at all until a year ago. One of the guys I work with grew up on a peanut farm and explained this phenomenon to me. See even though I am in ag doesn't mean I can't learn new things too.

Peanut Plant Diagram

  • The peanut is not a nut, but a legume related to beans and lentils.
  • Peanuts have more protein, niacin, folate and phytosterols than any nut.
  • Peanuts have a higher antioxidant capacity over grapes, Concord grape juice, green tea, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, carrots and many more. 
  • Peanuts and peanut butter contain over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients.
  • Peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free.

And just for kicks
January 24 – National Peanut Butter Day 
March – National Peanut Month
March 1 – National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
March 8 – National Peanut Cluster Day
April 2 – National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day 
May 18 – I love Reese’s Day 
June 12 – National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
September 13 – National Peanut Day 
November – National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
November 20 – National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

If you ever wonder how life would be without the peanut, just ask someone that is alergic to them. They can't do anything fun...

Did you know that there are over 108 different products made with peanuts. They range from foods, to houshold products, beverages, medicines, cosmetics, dyes, paints, stains and other general products.

Products made from Peanuts found here

If you want to learn how relevant of a commodity this is challenge yourself to go for 2 day's without a single peanut influenced product. 

So thank you peanut farmers for Reese's, Snickers, Coke and most importantly peanut butter cookies! 

**Also, we have had two peanut farmer presidents, Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter. So they are obv oober important.


Crystal Cattle said...

Aly, I love your blog! Definitely adding it to my blogroll. Thanks so much for stopping by. We are very excited about the wedding, and I am very excited about all the burlap details! Have a great Wednesday.

Aly said...

You too Crystal! Thanks for the enthusiasm and support.