Thanksgiving: Slow Food, Slow Down

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Everyone has heard of fast food but Thanksgiving is a time to think about slow food.

No, I don’t mean the bad service you get at the local greasy spoon. Slow Food is a worldwide movement that celebrates the pleasure of eating fresh, locally grown food.

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What could be more local than the food you have grown yourself? The garden is like a seasonal supermarket.

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Thankfully we have apples, pears, potatoes, squash, onions, and garlic from the garden to use for this year’s feast. Kale and carrots are still growing and there are green beans in the freezer. Cider comes from the orchard down the road. How far will the food on your Thanksgiving table travel?

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Most of us buy our groceries at the supermarket without ever thinking about the people that worked to produce that food or how far it has traveled. If you think trying to eat locally grown food isn’t worth the effort, in the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Barbara Kingsolver writes, “If every US citizen ate just one meal a week composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country’s oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil a week.”

Cooking with fresh local ingredients is something we have to be thankful for and so is taking the time to enjoy the day and appreciate the food we eat. Time is one of the things in short supply these days so time spent with family and friends is the greatest gift of all. Slow down and enjoy it!

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~ By  Robin Sweetser

About This Blog

Get inspired by Robin Sweetser's backyard gardening tips. Robin has been a contributor to The Old Farmer's Almanac and the All-Seasons Garden Guide for many years. She and her partner Tom have a small greenhouse business and also sell plants, cut flowers, and vegetables at their local Farmer's Market.

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