Go Green, Eat Lean and Be Seen
People today consume great amounts of energy, and they may not even know it. Take the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, for example. The turkey may have come a few thousand miles from the farm to your table. Maybe the potatoes did too. If you have strawberries for dessert, they may have come from Chile, perhaps even by air transport. All of these long distance deliveries of food to your Thanksgiving table have caused the consumption of energy just to move goods from farms to you. Why not consider a 100 Mile Diet Thanksgiving dinner instead this year?
Most areas of the country are well served by dedicated groups of local farmers. Many areas also have local farmer markets which allow the farmers to sell produce directly to the public. Consider buying your entire Thanksgiving dinner ingredients from these sources. Not only will your food purchases likely be fresher and tastier than ever, by buying food produced within 100 miles of your home, you will greatly reduce the amount of energy needed to move to your table.
Local produce is likely to be tasty and as lean, or leaner, than standard commercial produce. Those looking for variety usually won’t be disappointed with local products. Vegetarians should find many locally sourced crops as well. Society has developed advanced farming techniques which are used everywhere by dedicated farmers who are very happy to sell their goods to locals. When you are buying your 100 Mile Diet Thanksgiving dinner items, be sure to tell the farmers or market staff what you are doing. They will be pleased that their produce will be a part of your new Thanksgiving tradition.
Adequate planning for your 100 Mile Thanksgiving dinner is a must. Check out the local area farms to see what they produce. Of course, general local knowledge is helpful. For example, if you live in North Dakota, you know that pineapples are not produced locally. You won’t have them on your Thanksgiving table in any form. Similarly, residents of Florida will not have Northern Artichokes on their Thanksgiving table. The 100 Mile Diet Thanksgiving dinner is really about choices. Instead of a pineapple garnish, a North Dakota resident will use local apples. The flavor will be excellent and the apples will be grown within 100 miles of the home. Other substitutions will be made as appropriate. If you can’t get particular crops within 100 miles of your home, find other crops instead. You certainly won’t be disappointed.
Explain to your guests, in advance, that you are hosting a 100 Mile Diet Thanksgiving dinner. That way when they arrive and can’t get mango slices in their salad, they won’t be surprised. If your guests bring a dish to contribute to the table, have them source their ingredients within 100 miles as well. You can even make it a game. Who can come up with the most inventive dish using local produce? There could be some amazing surprizes. Perhaps locally grown quail are available and are served instead of a traditional turkey. Maybe there are heritage varieties of potatoes grown in the area that you can buy direct from the farm. Your guests will find unusual twists to the 100 Mile Diet Thanksgiving dinner that you wouldn’t. When the whole Thanksgiving dinner is put on the table, everyone will be deliciously impressed!