Embrace a Local Thanksgiving
I can remember when my family made the switch from a Thanksgiving menu full of casseroles, to their fresh alternative. It was not easy, and lots of tears were involved. After all, it’s tradition right? But something happened that next year – no one could imagine going back to the can of mushroom soup menu and that feeling of being comatose after the meal. Success. And from then on we were on to the next step of creating a menu around what was in season and sourcing locally.
Buying local this Thanksgiving is a fabulous way to engage in being connected to your food and feeling a deep sense of gratitude for the people who grow it. There is nothing more satisfying (apart from growing it yourself) than seeing all that food on your table and knowing exactly where it came from.
This Thanksgiving you can make your meal delicious and local by choosing to follow a few of these tips.Tips for a Local Thanksgiving:
Buy a Local Turkey - Chances are if you didn’t pre-order your turkey it may be a little difficult now. But I do know that some farms will bring extra to the farmers market. Call ahead to your favorite meat vendor or local butcher to see if they will have any available. I promise, it’s worth the leg work! If not local, please buy organic!
Think Outside the Can - If you eat local food, you probably eat pretty fresh. This year opt for fresh dishes instead of casseroles. You will feel great afterwards and enjoy the flavors of local food. Think local sauteed green beans vs green bean casserole.
Buy Local Prepared - Lots of local companies have prepared desserts and side dishes. Seek out the ones who make their’s with local ingredients. Make it easy on yourself by purchasing a pre-made pie or local stuffing.
Visit the Farmers Market - Get out this weekend, or early this week and visit the Farmers Market. Bring your grocery list and see what you can buy locally. It’s the perfect season for fall produce that you can incorporate into your menu. And don’t forget the local sausage and heirloom celery for your stuffing.
Buy Local Alcohol - If you’re anything like my family, booze are just as much a focal point during the day as the food. So why not grab some locally brewed beer, locally handcrafted liquor for a seasonal cocktail, or some locally produced wine.
Start with Local Cheese - Everyone gets hungry before the big meal, so why not wow your guests with an assortment of local cheeses. Grab them from the farmers market or your local Whole Foods or grocer.
And as always – don’t forget to thank your local farmer, vendors and purveyors.
Local goat cheese chevre on cracker with local wildflower honey and topped with local lavendar bud
Local Butternut Squash Soup with Nutmeg and Local Apples
Local and Organic Heritage Breed Roasted Turkey with Local Herbs
Local Bread and Sausage Stuffing with Heirloom Celery
Local Sweet Potato Hash with Locally Smoked Bacon
Sauteed Local Green Beans
Local Potato Gratin with Local Gruyere Cheese
Farmers Market Green Salad
Homemade Local Pumpkin Pie
Homemade Pecan Pie
Local Apple and Cranberry Pie
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What are your favorite fresh and local Thanksgiving dishes?