What Will You Be Making For Thanksgiving From Your Garden?

Posted on Nov 15 2011 - 2:37am by Mike Lieberman

Thanksgiving is a little more than a week away. It’s a time for us to get together with our friends and family. One of the biggest parts of Thanksgiving is the food.

The Thanksgiving dinner is one of the main things that the holiday is based around, getting together to share and enjoy the company of each other over food. Whether that’s what happened with the Pilgrims and Indians is another story.

The preparing, sharing and giving thanks for the food are all big parts of the Thanksgiving tradition.

What better time of the year to prepare and share your harvest with others.

On the Urban Organic Gardener Facebook page, I asked people to fill in the blanks of the following sentence, “For Thanksgiving I will be making _______ using ______ that I grew in my garden or raised on my own.”

Here is what they said.

There are a few people that have raised their own turkeys for the holiday.
“Turkey,” said Pam Carrico. “Lots of it! Using the Bourbon Red/White Midget turkeys I raised on my own. :-)”

Same for John Bradley Foster, “Dinner and turkey!”

Michelle Gehlman Teeter added, “Turkey that I raised from a chick, in my backyard!”

Side dishes and soups
Wendy Ribelin is going to make, ” Butternut squash soup with the squash from my garden. (that is if no one requests it before Thanksgiving day; it’s been a big hit)”

“It’s a potluck this year,” said Bewilder Ness. “Pumpkin cheesecake from my garden and roasted root veggies from a neighbor’s garden. Sweet potatoes from another friend’s garden.”

Erin Garner Dentmon is making, “Apple pie using my dad’s apples! Probably something with my own herbs. I tried some pumpkins this year, but that didn’t quite work out.”

“Sweet potato casserole from sweet potatoes that I grew I’m my back yard :),” said Green Pete.

Beverly Amborski is hooking up some, “Stuffing using sage from the garden….”

BuffaLoam is making, “Pesto using basil that I grew in my garden.”

Not all of us have the space to raise a turkey or grow apples. It’s all about the love that went into the food. Every little bit matters.

Now it’s your turn to fill in the blanks, “For Thanksgiving I will be making _______ using ______ that I grew in my garden or raised on my own.”

11 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. cindy November 15, 2011 at 6:15 am -

    No turkey in our vegetarian house, but I’ll be making green bean casserole, mashed turnips, mashed potatoes, onion gravy, brussels sprouts, acorn squash, and a raddichio/arugula salad all from my garden, and serving canned side dishes of marinated fiddleheads, corn relish, sweet pickles, applesauce, and pickled beets also all from my garden. And cooking cornbread from cornmeal from the garden too. Plus herbs in the home-baked bread, and home-grown peppermint tea to settle stomachs afterwards. Pumpkin and apples for the pies were grown around the corner by a local market farmer.

  2. Mike Lieberman November 15, 2011 at 8:46 am -

    Damned that sounds like a good feast!

  3. D. November 15, 2011 at 8:53 am -

    A good feast?  Where’s the real butter?  Where’s the whipped cream?  Where’s the lard for the pie crusts? 

    No turkey.  Well, now there’s a holiday tradition for ya.  I’m sorry I just don’t see the point of being a vegetarian.  ALL of the vegetarians/vegans I’ve ever known all end up going to a nutrient-dense way of eating in the end.  AFTER they’ve already done harm to themselves.

    Nina Planck’s books are an excellent source of information, as she was vegetarian for years.  There is one she wrote called Real Food – good reading.

  4. Elizabeth Fisher November 15, 2011 at 10:38 am -

    Let’s see…pumpkin pies from my pumpkins… and there will be apples and onions in the stuffing (we still call it stuffing even though not stuffed into a turkey) …and apples in a pie…and tart cherries in a pie…corn relish and dill and bread and butter pickles…Brussel sprouts from my daughter’s garden…canned green beans from a friend’s garden for the green bean casserole…I think that is it.    Since our garden is done here everything has either been canned, frozen, dried or put into “root cellar”.

  5. Elizabeth Fisher November 15, 2011 at 10:42 am -

    It is a feast!  Also, answer Mike’s question which was what are you making from your garden….

  6. Mike Lieberman November 15, 2011 at 11:41 am -

    Not sure the context of your comment, but appreciate you leaving it.

  7. Mike Lieberman November 15, 2011 at 11:44 am -

    What you mean “I think that is it”? Seems like a lot to me!

  8. Erin D. November 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm -

    I think this was meant as a reply to cindy.

  9. Mike Lieberman November 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm -

    Ahh gotcha. It was their way of plugging their lifestyle choices into the comments. Gotcha.

  10. Ronnie November 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm -

    Sadly only pumpkin pie from our pumpkins (Cheesewheel squash variety) and potatoes that we grew  in buckets and chives.  Maybe more next year:P

  11. Mike Lieberman November 22, 2011 at 10:08 am -

    That’s not sad. That’s something to be thankful for!

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