I know it’s still a few weeks away but sustainable and local food is slow food so I’m planting the seeds now.
Have you thought about your supper yet? There are so many wonderful local options this time of year as we still celebrate the abundance of late fall with more time spent out of the garden and into the kitchen.
Puget Sound Fresh is hosting a local Thanksgiving dinner contest to encourage you to support local farmers as much as possible.
It’s open to home cooks and the prizes look awfully enticing, including a dinner for 6 in your home prepared by an award winning chef from Brasa Restaurant, local wines and gift certificates for farmer’s markets.
Your dinner doesn’t need to be fancy but you do need to put a lot of thought into it. It doesn’t need to be traditional but it needs to be local. I guarantee you it will be more enjoyable to lovingly prepare and sink your teeth into something grown or raised by someone you’ve put a face with, perhaps enjoyed some conversation, shaken hands and are now on a first name basis with.
You can get local salmon, chicken, beef, pork and goat at the markets right now. How about a souffle from local eggs? A cheese platter from one of the many local cheese artisans along with some crisp fall apples and cider? A roasted apple and squash soup? If the local cranberries are gone by now perhaps you had already put up some cherries or plums earlier that would make a great condiment for your roast? Mushroom stuffing? Oysters on the half shell? I plan to serve brussel sprouts from my front yard but there are sure to be local varieties at the market as well.
By taking a trip to one of the farmer’s markets this Saturday you’ll have time (and room now that the crowds are thinning) to start planning your menu. Look at what is in season and think about what you can do with it. If you are joining forces with another family or family member pass that info on and plan together.
We each are a ripple on a surface of water. One thing you do spreads to many.
This Thanksgiving think local. Think sustainable. Think real food. And when you bow your head in thanks before eating remember all those who are eating from nameless cans and plastic wrappers.