A happy tradition of a Thanksgiving of local food continues at my house…
A number of these items were put by in season to be enjoyed now.
- Assorted Cheeses: Pleasant Cow and Pleasant Sun from Sankow’s Beaver Brook, Cry Baby and Rotundo from Arethusa, Cheddar from the Adirondack Cheese Company.
- Crudites: carrots from Riverbank Farm, fennel, kolrabi, and cauliflower from Sport Hill Farm, “sexy” broccoli from Waldingfield Farm, celery from Stone Gardens Farm, arugula from Fort Hill Farm, cucumbers and bell peppers: not local.
- Tatziki Dip. Yogurt from Arethusa Farm Dairy with cucumbers, garlic, and mint from Sport Hill Farm (because it was a bumper year for cucumbers and they are shredded in my freezer, ready to go!)
- Chilled Roasted Beets from Riverbank Farm
- Salad turnips from Sport Hill Farm, pickled with vinegar and spices
- Hot Cherry Peppers from Sport Hill Farm, pickled with vinegar
- Jalapeno peppers from my own garden, pickled with vinegar and spices
- Cukes from Daffodil Hill Growers, pickled in a crock by fermentation
- Quiche: mushrooms from Quattro Game Farm, spinach from Fort Hill Farm, Cry Baby cheese and heavy cream from Arethusa, eggs from Sport Hill Farm, flour from Wild Hive, butter from Smith’s Trinity Farm. Seemingly French, but quite seasonal and local. C’est bon!
- Crackers & Bread. Not local
Chicken soup with bowtie pasta or brown rice. Chicken from Sankow’s Beaver Brook, onions and carrots from Newtown Cedar Hill Farm, celeriac from Riverbank Farm, and leeks and garlic from Sport Hill Farm. Parsnips, pasta and rice: not local.
- Roasted Turkey, fresh and free-range from Quattro Game Farm
- Pan Gravy from the natural juices of the bird, flour from Wild Hive
- Cornbread Stuffing. Butter and heavy cream from Smyth’s Trinity Farm, onions from Newtown Cedar Hill Farm, my own sage, and chicken stock from the aforementioned soup. Cornbread made from wheat flour and corn meal from Wild Hive, maple syrup from Woodbury Sugar Shed, eggs from Sport Hill Farm, kefir and butter from Smyth’s Trinity Farm. Baking powder, salt: not local
- Whole-Berry Cranberry Sauce. Maple syrup from Woodbury Sugar Shed, apple cider from Lyman Orchards. Cranberries and cinnamon stick: not local
- Applesauce made from Cortlands from Maple Bank Farm and Macouns from High Hill Orchards.
- Mashed Potatoes made from potatoes from Sport Hill Farm, butter from Smith’s Trinity Farm, and sour cream from Hudson Valley Fresh, Poughkeepsie, NY
- Baked Sweet Potatoes from Maple Bank Farm
- Roasted Butternut Squash. Acorn and butternut squash from Sport Hill Farm. Olive oil and cinnamon: not local
- Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower. Broccoli from Waldingfield Farm, cauliflower from Sport Hill Farm
- Apple Pie: Northern Spy apples from Maple Bank Farm, pastry flour from Wild Hive, butter from Smyth’s Trinity Farm. Sugar and other spices: not local
- Pumpkin Pie: pumpkin from Colton Corner Farm, eggs from Greyledge Farm, pastry flour from Wild Hive, butter and heavy cream from Smyth’s Trinity Farm, maple syrup from Woodbury Sugar Shed, spices: not local.
- Fresh Whipped Cream: Heavy cream from Smyth’s Trinity Farm, vanilla and sugar: not local. (Very easy with this gizmo—no affiliation.)
- Assorted Ice Cream Ferris Acres Creamery: Campfire, Black Raspberry, and Vanilla
- Roasted pumpkin seeds: from the aforementioned pumpkin
- Fresh Fruit Basket: Not local
- Mixed Nuts, Pistachio nuts, and Roasted Chestnuts: not local. (It was not a good year forlocal chestnuts)
- Apple Cider: Lyman Orchards
- Egg Nog: Smith’s Trinity Farm
- Soda: Assorted flavors from Foxon Park. Pellegrino: not local
- Wine: Gewurztraminer from Priam Vineyards. (According to Chef Zakarian, this is the wine to have with turkey. While it was nice, I’m going back to Cab Franc next year!)
- Beer: Local Harvest Ale and Lake Trout Stout from Sebago Brewing Company (brought live from Maine!), (203) India Pale Ale from Stony Creek Beer, a seasonal assortment from Sam Adams (regional, not local)
Thanks to all of my farmers—I hope your holiday was as fabulous as mine. Thank you to my family for your help and a great day.