CALEXICO - As a way to show farmers in the Imperial Valley how much their hard work and dedication means to the community, the county hosted its Annual Farm Workers Appreciation Breakfast early on Friday morning.
For local farmer Pablin Castro the annual breakfast is more than just tamales, beans and salsa on a plate. It is a way to let him and the thousands of farmers around the county know that their hard work is greatly appreciated.
Pablin has been crossing the border from Mexicali to the Imperial Valley for 25 years now. Like many of his colleagues, he looks forward to the breakfast every year.
"It's celebrating", he says. "Kind of like an anniversary. This day is special to us. It makes us very happy. For at least one day, we celebrate the season".
The sun had yet to rise when thousands of farmers were already lined up to get their food that was being served by the dozens of volunteers from various organizations around the Imperial Valley.
Loli Torres started the annual breakfast in 1979. Loli is retired but continues to support the event. She says that she has seen it grow throughout those years.
"It's beautiful", she says. "It's wonderful. I mean the appreciation that the people show for the farm workers has continued after 33 years. What started off as coffee and donuts in a small lobby of E.D.D. has now turned into such a big function".
Pablin remembers when coming home to a warm meal was rare.
"Oh yeah, when I was a child", he says. "There was times when there was no food for us, nothing. It makes us appreciate days like today. I'm happy".
The meal consisted of one of the oldest dishes in the Mexican culture; tamales, beans, salsa and of course a warm cup of coffee.
Loli says that the farmers appreciate the breakfast, but not as much as the community appreciates what they do on a daily basis.
Over 3,000 local farmers attended the appreciation breakfast. Most couldn't stay because they had to go to work. Thanks to the event, they'll be working on a full stomach today.
The 33rd Annual Appreciation Breakfast let farmers know that it is because of their hard work and dedication that hundreds and thousands of families are able sit down and enjoy a meal everyday.
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