Thanksgiving: Slow Food, Slow Down

Nov 18, 2018
Native Corn

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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 favorite greasy spoon.

Slow Food is a worldwide movement that celebrates the pleasure of fresh, local food and traditional cooking. Promoted as an alternative to fast food, it strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and encourages farming of plants and livestock that’s more native.

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At Thanksgiving, we enjoy so many “real” foods versus processed foods from turkey to sweet potatoes to vegetables to cranberries.

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

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This, 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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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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Slow and Local Aren't the Same, I think.

My understanding is that while both "slow food" and "eat local" are good things, they are separate issues. Slow food, a term coined in opposition to the "fast food" meals people rush through these days, refers to taking the time to savor the flavors of your meal, to actually experience and enjoy the meal, rather than wolfing it down while texting. Local food, because it does not need to be shipped long distances - and can therefore be selected for taste and texture, rather than durability during shipment - will generally be much more flavorful than mass-produced food; but it isn't "slow food" unless you take the time to enjoy it.

Pumpkin

Sure eat locally,farmers market wonderful except in the big city not always possible.The farmer trucks his produce in thus not reducing oil consumption.

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