Thanks for Staying
In the spirit of using less fuel and supporting local farms and food artisans, we challenge you to try a 100-mile Thanksgiving. A 100-mile Thanksgiving uses ingredients sourced from within 100 miles of your dinner table. Think of it as an opportunity to celebrate local food, rather than an obligation to source every last ingredient from within 100 miles. Food miles, or the amount of miles a certain product has traveled to its final destination, are an important consideration when trying to reduce your carbon footprint and the amount of oil and gasoline used in making a meal. Gobble up these great ideas we can all be thankful for this Thanksgiving!
This Thanksgiving, you can source just a few staples like turkey and squash locally, or make one dish, like a salad, using mostly local, seasonal ingredients. It’s a fun way to teach children about where their food comes from, and a wonderful way to introduce your guests to the unique bounty that your area has to offer. Besides, fresh foods that haven’t been sitting on a truck or airplane all week taste better! It’s fun for the chef too—there is nothing more festive than a farmers market the day before Thanksgiving, and it’s often less crowded than the local supermarket.
Shopping locally at Thanksgiving is actually pretty simple. After all, Thanksgiving is in essence our national seasonal feast. Even though every region and every family has its own signature Thanksgiving dishes, the staples of the meal—from pumpkins and cranberries, to sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts—are largely autumn seasonal foods.
All of these tips can seem overwhelming, so don’t feel like you have to use all of them to make a difference this Thanksgiving. Make a local dish or learn some ecodriving techniques for your commute! Sustainability is a practice and you can start practicing!
You can’t choose your family, but you can be thankful for a great opportunity to sit back and feast with “friends” and family this holiday season. Be Strong Your In-Laws House will be yours one day 🙂
From all of us at “How Can I Help?” we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!