Food expectations run high on Thanksgiving day, more so than any other national holiday. Whether you’re hosting and cooking everything yourself, or inviting guests to bring a side dish or dessert, weeks of planning ,shopping and prepping are in the cards. Take a minute to consider how much of what you buy is grown locally and sustainably, then consult our mini guide to a sustainable Thanksgiving feast below to find a few ideas for making the holiday more sustainable.
It is actually possible to source the entire meal locally, which makes sense because the first Thanksgiving celebrated the fall harvest in New England.
Vegetables Are the Thing
Vegetables are all the rage and Thanksgiving is a harvest feast, so buy what’s in season – squash, potatoes, onions, garlic, lettuces and herbs (grown hydroponically), leeks, parsnips, carrots – and whatever specialty vegetables are available. A number of summer markets are still open and a few holiday markets have been announced, so head to your favorite farm or market to begin, not end, your sustainable Thanksgiving shopping. Here’s a smattering of what’s available.
Sport Hill Farm in Easton, a Sustainne Business Member
Sport Hill Farm has vegetables galore and some fruit from Red Jacket in New York, plus a refrigerator and freezer case stocked with yogurt, cheese, milk, ice cream, pork from her farm, and baked goods from Huckleberries Artisan Pastries. If you want pies, better order them ahead. You can order directly from the link on their Sustainne listing. After you visit and shop, please take a minute to submit a review. The first reviewer gave them 5 stars!
Farmers’ Markets (courtesy of the Fairfield Green Food Guide)
Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm
June 20 – December 24
67 Stony Hill Rd., Rte. 6, Fairfield County Extension Service Building
May 24 – November 15, 2016
25 Old Kings Highway North. In the Municipal Parking Lot off of Mechanic Street located behind the firehouse on Boston Post Road, across from Goodwives Shopping Center
Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
May 20 – Thanksgiving
Commuter Parking Lot, Exit 3 off (I-95), corner Arch Street and Horseneck Lane
WIC & Senior FMNP Authorized
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Open April 22 – December 16, 2017
Old Center School Parking Lot, located at the intersection of South Avenue, Maple Street and Main Street
Saturdays from 9-1 pm, May 6 – Thanksgiving
Wednesdays from 3- 6:30 p.m., June – Thankgiving
100 Canal Street at the Corner of Cornell and Canal Street E, in the Farmers Market Building
Westport – Winter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays from 10 am until 2 pm
November 18 through March 10
Special Holiday Market: November 21 from 10-2
Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens, 7 Sylvan Lane, Westport
Purchasing a turkey raised in Connecticut, from a sustainable farm, or from a farm raising heritage breeds, is an investment in the future of sustainable farming and the continuation of heritage breeds. It’s also a way to give thanks to those who grow our food and care for our land and natural resources.
Fleisher’s Craft Butchery
Fleisher’s Craft Butchery is proud to offer Thanksgiving turkeys which are pasture-raised, without growth hormones or unnecessary antibiotics, by farmers they know and trust. The result? An unforgettable meal, with a more flavorful turkey that’s better for you, your family, and the environment.
This year, Fleisher’s is offering broad-breasted white turkeys from Ekonk Hill Farm (Moosup, CT), the largest grower of free-range, pasture-raised turkeys in the state, at the Greenwich and Westport butcher shops. This is the classic American turkey, flavorful and with large breasts, raised to superior standards. Or choose full-flavored heritage birds from BN Ranch (Bolinas, CA) and rare, black-feathered Kelly Bronze heritage birds from Kelly Bronze Farm (Crozet, VA). To complete the meal, Fleisher’s is offering turkey parts, turkey stock, sage sausage, and bacon to minimize your trips to the store.
To order and get turkey recipes: https://www.fleishers.com/thanksgiving
Orders for whole turkeys require a non-refundable $60 deposit; the remaining balance will be paid at time of pick up (Mon 11/20-Wed 11/22).
Holiday Poultry Carving Demos (free!): Just in time for Thanksgiving, Fleishers will also show you how to carve and break down a chicken (or turkey). Join us with your cooking questions and sample our rotisserie chicken.
Greenwich (3-5 pm): Thu 11/9, Thu 11/16
Westport (4-6 pm): Fri 11/10, Fri 11/17
Fleishers Holiday Hotline: 845-338-6666
160 E. Putnam Ave
Cos Cob, CT 06807
580 Riverside Ave
Westport, CT 06880
Ed Freedman of Shearwater Coffee Bar, a Sustainne business member, recommends his USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade Toasty Hearth Blend for the dessert course. Some bags of whole bean coffee are available at the coffee bar, but are also widely available at retailers including Whole Foods Markets. When you’re in need of a restorative break after shopping and running errands, stop in for a lovely cup of coffee and a snack. Be sure to enjoy the local artists’ work adorning the entryway wall and take a minute to review the business on Sustainne. The first reviewer gave them 5 stars!