5 Ways to Have a Local Thanksgiving This Year

Author: Sophie Beaudoin  •  Date: October 8, 2014  •  Appears in: Community

5 Ways to Have a Local Thanksgiving This Year

It’s almost that time of year again here in Canada when we gather around with friends and family and eat to our heart’s content. This year, why not make your celebration a little more local? It’s easier than you think! Most of the foods we traditionally see on our tables for Thanksgiving are in season: squash, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, potatoes, pumpkins and cranberries.

Here are five ways you can have a local Thanksgiving this year:

1. Choose a local turkey from a local turkey farmer (Hint: here’s where Soil Mate can help). Choosing local not only helps support the farmers that help to feed us every day, but you will likely get a tastier turkey to boot!

2. Pick up a local (or Canadian) wine to compliment your meal (Soil Mate can help here too!) Or get a little fancy and make your own cranberry liquer.

3. Be creative with the abundance of local foods in season! Add a some flair to your side dishes with these delicious twists on Thanksgiving classics:

Olive Oil, Caramelized Onion and Sage Mashed Sweet Potatoes from Saveur
Green Bean Casserole from The Pioneer Woman
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Acorn Squash and Quinoa from Lemons and Basil

4. Skip the can and make your own cranberry sauce. It’s super easy! All you need to do is put fresh (and local) cranberries and sugar in a pot and simmer until thick. Here is a great recipe that lays out all the steps using a few more ingredients like orange juice and maple syrup.

5. Use an actual pumpkin to make pumpkin pie. The best part is you can round up the kids, head out to a local farm’s pumpkin patch and choose your very own! Or skip the pumpkin pie and try these other festive desserts using local and seasonal fruit:

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie from Annie’s Eats
Cranberry Upside-Down Cake from Simple Recipes
Chocolate Dipped Pears with Almond Crunch from Bakers Royale

Here’s to a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with friends, family and delicious local food!

Sophie Beaudoin

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Sophie is Soil Mate's social media maven. When she isn't posting, tweeting, commenting or liking all things food and all things local, you will find her in the woods with her furry friends or in the garden, hands in the dirt, coaxing the tomatoes to ripen a little sooner.
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