Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons and other historical television series showed them. Movies by the dozens; The Patriot, Dances with Wolfs and The Alamo used them to create an historical atmosphere. Nearly every American home has a place for one. Even the Simpson’s have one. At one time or another every citizen of these United States has sat down to a Farm Table dining experience.
Unless you live and breathe American history you really don’t pay much attention to the history of the American Evening Meal and its importance in family life as we know it. Every wholesome image of Thanksgiving has all the relatives gathered around a table with turkey and all the trimmings. That event takes place at a farm table. How about a child’s birthday party? It may be more than just family but, every one is around the table.
We as Americans like to think of ourselves as family oriented and family focused. What other image conjures up the American family experience better than sitting down at the end of a day for dinner. These days the Farm Table Dining experience is the only time our busy families can sit down and catch up on the happenings of the day.
Farm Table Dining is an authentic American custom. Experts in the field of sociology have told us that a lot more takes place at the kitchen table than we think. Many families still pray before a meal. Regardless of the ages of the children they all feel equally important at the table; a feeling of belonging. Conversation, better described as communication, a vital ingredient in any group, happens at the dinner table. Work ethics are born at the table; one of the child’s first contributions to the family is to help set the table.
Regardless of how many family members there are some how the American custom of Farm Table Dining is ingrained in our culture. Whenever the conversation dulls in any social setting; ask people to share their memories of family dinners, you will be talking, laughing and strolling down memory lane for hours.