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Town Serves Meals To Farmers During Harvest

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Each fall, the small community of Davis comes together during the harvest season. The farmers are hard at work in their fields and even the ladies in town are doing what they can to pitch in.

Davis, South Dakota, has a population of 85 people. On a typical day, you can see beyond its quiet main street. But during the harvest season, there’s a lot of activity in the town’s legion.

"I think the farmers appreciate coming in and they like the meal. They eat about anything that we have,” said cook Joyce Homan.

One by one the farmers file in. It's all because a group of ladies in the community are making sure their farmers have a hot, hearty meal during harvest.

"It beats a cold sandwich,” said Davis farmer, Steve Hagena.

"It's just good,” said Davis farmer, Tom Wiebesiek.

On Wednesday they gathered at the town's legion, preparing a homemade meal of soup, and apple pie. They will continue to cook throughout the harvest season.

"I think we will go as long as we can. We are getting older so who knows how long it can keep on,” said Homan.

With the long hours in the fields, some don't always have time to make themselves lunch. Having a meal prepared for these busy farmers gives them one less thing to worry about during harvest.

"They get out and are able to come in and visit with their neighbors that they don't see otherwise," said Homan.

The farmers say they appreciate the meals and the time away from the combine.

"It's very nice and a friendly atmosphere. Everybody comes and you can chat a bit if you have time and you can just eat and go," said Hagena.

It’s small town hospitality with big city pride.

On a regular day, the ladies serve as many as 40 people, which is about half of the town. They have been serving every harvest since 2006.
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