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The Green Life: Green Your Thanksgiving: Local Foods

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November 16, 2009

Green Your Thanksgiving: Local Foods

Shop at your local farmers' marketIt's almost time for Americans to visit with loved ones, express gratitude, and eat a really, really big meal. This year, we're providing tips to help you celebrate Thanksgiving with less impact.

Tip #1: Try Regional Recipes

Traditional Thanksgiving meals tend to favor fall produce, so it's a great time to focus on locally grown fruits and veggies. Consider adapting time-honored recipes to reflect your region's growing season and history. For a fun challenge, plan either one dish or the entire meal with ingredients grown or produced within 100 miles of your home. Check out the Daily Green's 100-mile Thanksgiving meal plans for five different U.S. cities to find examples of creative, local solutions

Tip #2 Buy a Heritage Bird or Go Meatless

Tip #3 Appreciate the Natural World

Tip #4 Streamline Your Meal

Share your tips: Do you make a Thanksgiving dish that's unique to your region?

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