If you're a vegetarian you're skipping the turkey this holiday, but perhaps you would still like to have this quintessential symbol of Thanksgiving on your table somehow? Well, here's a fun idea: a Thanksgiving turkey for vegetarians ... and no, not Tofurkey! Amelinda, Skip, and Antoinette are real, living birds that have been rescued from the dinner table and given a loving home. Vegetarians – or those hosting them – might not have the wherewithal to care for an actual turkey, but through Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey program, anyone can symbolically sponsor one for the holiday.For the past 25 years, Farm Sanctuary has rescued more than 1,000 turkeys, which are adopted out or given permanent residence at their New York and California farms. For $30, you can sponsor one of these birds and receive an "adoption certificate" with a photo and fun details about your turkey. (Skip, for example, is "gregarious and confident" and has a penchant for grapes and canned yams.)
You could even incorporate your new "family member" into the holiday festivities by framing the certificate, giving the kids art supplies to draw pictures of their turkey, and watching some of Farm Sanctuary's videos such as the one below.
What do you think? Would you adopt a turkey for yourself or a vegetarian dinner guest?
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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