Slow Food Thanksgiving
What is a Slow Food Thanksgiving? No, it isn’t just chewing your turkey slowly or resting in between the cranberry sauce and the pumpkin pie (although I would highly recommend both of those actions). Slow Food is actually a “global, grassroots association that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.” According to their website, Slow Food is a way of living and a way of eating.
So when it comes to Thanksgiving, Slow Food USA has a lot to say on the topic. If you go to their website, SlowFoodUSA.org, you will find all sorts of resources to enhance your feast: delicious recipes; information about locating heritage turkeys and heirloom ingredients for your dinner; conversation starters and tips and tricks to save time and money in your kitchen.
The Slow Food movement is gaining ground across the country and around the world. Started as a resistance against the globalization of fast food, the movement is based on the philosophy of consciously slowing down our fast-paced lives and living the slow life with food, family and friends as the focus.
Here are Slow Food USA’s Top Five Tips to a Slow Food Thanksgiving:
1) Shop for fresh, seasonal and local foods at a farmers market (In Delaware County, visit the Delaware County Community Market or look for local foods at your favorite grocer. Whole Foods and Hills Market also carry local items)
2) Take the time to learn about where your food comes from and how it was raised
3) Give thanks for the labor that brought your food to your table and the Earth that grew it
4) Get all hands on deck in the kitchen. Teach others what you know and learn from them
5) Sit back and savor the meal with family and friends
So this Thanksgiving, no matter who prepares your food or no matter what you eat, take time to pause and be thankful for our local food supply and the farmers that work to feed us and, above all, count your blessings.
Tuesday Trippier lives in Delaware, is a writer and mother of four with a special interest in green living and promoting local goods.