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November 17, 2008

Green Your Thanksgiving: Seasonal Ingredients

Thanksgiving turkey Just thinking about Thanksgiving dinner seems to expand the stomach. This week we'll offer tips to help you green your feast.

Tip #1: Stay Seasonal

Americans are notorious for their super-sized portions, so it isn't surprising that the US Census Bureau estimates that 272 million turkeys were raised in 2007, while 1.6 billion pounds of sweet potatoes were produced. The Thanksgiving meal lends itself nicely to seasonal foods, so opt for sustainable, local and organic ingredients. Find humanely raised turkeys using the Eat Well Guide, or try a heritage bird. Stock up on your root vegetables at local farmers' markets and produce stands.

Share your tips: What are your favorite Thanksgiving recipes for local, seasonal foods?

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