The first Thanksgiving was a heartfelt celebration of eating locally. These strangers in a new land had harvested their first crop, and they knew now that they could feed themselves from the earth with grains, produce, and wildlife native to their new home.
In this spirit, Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon of the 100-Mile Diet have issued a challenge to try your own 100-Mile Thanksgiving. The 100-Mile Diet sprang from their decision spend a year eating only food from within 100 miles of their Vancouver home, in response to their discovery that the ingredients in most meals have traveled more than 1500 miles to reach the plate.
They've challenged people to try this just for the Thanksgiving holiday, and to share their experience with others to help encourage eating local.
This is a great challenge, and if you're up for it, there are plenty of good resources on the 100-Mile Diet site. You can even view other people's ideas and plans for their 100-Mile Thanksgiving feast.
If you're going to try this, start with just one dish and see what local food you can use. Maybe that's a local farmer's turkey, or your next door neighbor's leftover squash and zucchini. Even if it's just one dish or two, try to be like the Pilgrims and celebrate all that is fresh and local this Thanksgiving.