A Thanksgiving Reflection from Mary Ellen Vernon


I’m in love with all things Thanksgiving—the traditions, the family, the food coma, all of it. That’s why I’ve decided to put my blogging skills to the test and share with you my Thanksgiving reflection. Although we should count our blessings all year round, now is a good time to stop and pause. I even find myself reflecting a little more this time of year.

When I’m not traveling every other week visiting Fresh Produce stores around the country or shopping for inspiration, I’m at our office in Boulder, CO working with our design team on creating new styles. We’re striving to make Fresh Produce the very best brand for you, and I honestly couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait to reveal what’s next for Fresh Produce.

You could say my days are a tad full, but I try to keep them as balanced as possible. Over the past 30 years of running a business, being a wife and mom, you have to take care of yourself first. Being balanced helps me be present whether I’m working or at home with my family. I don’t try to be perfect, but I do try to feel full each and every day. No matter how many things went wrong or went right, I want to be proud at the end of the day.

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is the traditions. I come from a family of seven brothers and sisters, so to me, Thanksgiving means family. Every year, I host everyone at our home in Santa Barbara, CA. Although, hosting about 20-25 people seems overwhelming, I’ve got it down to a science. Overall, keeping things simple, yet thoughtful is key. I’ve always said that simple is better and if you can’t keep it all in perspective, it’s a not a holiday.

I’m not much of a cook (that’s ok because my personality makes up for it!), so my husband Thom is in charge of the turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing. But what makes our Thanksgiving special is that everyone in the family brings their own favorite dish. This is our thanksgiving tradition. No one misses out on their favorite food for Thanksgiving. We sit around a big, long table and catch up on what has happened this past year. The kids are back from college, including my eldest son, Scout. I love listening to their stories. I’m so thankful we can come together during Thanksgiving. That’s what I’m grateful for the most—my family.

As I reflect on this holiday, a few things I’ve learned over the years come to mind. You could call it my “code to live by” if you will: Find your passion, make a difference, walk proud, feel inspired, stay healthy. If you feel it, live it and show it, then you’ll walk better in this life. I now feel that we get deeper and richer the longer we’re here in this world. How great is that?

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

Mary Ellen Vernon

1 Comment

  • November 28, 2013

    Judith Schneider

    I am happy to read your blog. i too, am from a large family. There was seven of us. We are much older now and some are deceased. We do not have any get togethers now, so when I read about your family, I smile and can relate in past years what it was like. We must always remember our past and plot new beginnings for today and the future. I try to show my grandchildren and great grandson family traditions, but cartoons get in the way. Have a very blessed
    Thanksgiving and a wonderful day.