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Celebrating Local Foods At Thanksgiving

Winter Squash Wagon At The Market

Today is my birthday.  And for my birthday weekend (yes the whole weekend!), my wonderful husband has been making me delicious local foods. Last night we had pumpkin ravioli with sage from the garden. This morning, Matt’s biscuits and jam. This afternoon, a snack of yogurt, granola, and apples. Tonight, a Thanksgiving-themed extravaganza: homemade cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, baked delicata squash, herbed stuffing, and for dessert:  pumpkin pie.  

Every ingredient in each of those wonderful meals is locally-sourced and organic!!

Celebrating Local Foods

I want to encourage you to give your thanks this week to the local farmers, to the food sources that keep your local economy growing stronger during lean times. Please try to buy from them as many ingredients as you can. There are many reasons for eating locally, which I’ve mentioned before. And I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of places to find local food, as well.  

There are several local food challenges out there for Thanksgiving:  Crunchy Chicken has a challenge. There’s an Eat Local Pledge here in Puget Sound (with a great list of where to buy local food for Thanksgiving). 100 Mile Diet is hosting a 100-Mile Thanksgiving with partners Eat Local ChallengeBALLE, LocavoresLocal HarvestNational Farmers’ UnionFarm Folk/City Folk, and SPUD. The Consumers Union and Eat Well Guide have partnered with Alice Waters, Mario Batali, and Dan Barber to ask you to take a local & organic pledge and share your favorite recipes.  And I’m sure there are others I’ve missed.

Crunchy Chicken:  Eat Local for Thanksgiving 2008

Puget Sound Fresh:  Eat Local For Thanksgiving

100 Mile Diet:  100-Mile Thanksgiving

But whether or not you formally take a pledge, please buy local, humane, and sustainable foods this week.  It is important. And fun. And tasty. And I must say, there is so much more pleasure in eating homemade, seasonal and organic food that supports our local economy!  

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