Guide to a Local Thanksgiving
Although thinking about all of those Thanksgiving calories might make you feel guilty, one thing you don’t have to feel guilty about this Thanksgiving is where your food is coming from! For vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores alike, having a locally grown, organic Thanksgiving in the Berkeley area is easy.
If you’re a meat-eater then the turkey is probably the most important part of the Thanksgiving meal. Many stores in and near Berkeley are offering free range and organic turkey options. Whole Foods, Andronico’s, and Berkeley Bowl offer free range and organic turkeys and will even prepare them for you ahead of time if you don’t feel like cooking. Adronico’s also offers a prepared vegan dinner you can order if your relatives don’t understand your veganism/vegetarianism!
A number of your Thanksgiving dinner ingredients can be purchased at the South Berkeley’s farmer’s market. Below is a list of organic vendors, their products, and the distance of their farms from Berkeley. Their products support a range of Thanksgiving needs from flowers for the table, fruit for the pies, and vegetables for the salad. The vendors include:
Avalos Organic Farm
Products: strawberries, tomatoes, and diversified vegetables and herbs
Products: vegetables and flowers
Products: raw, vegan chocolates
Dirty Girl Produce
Products: mixed vegetables, tomatoes
Frog Hollow Farm
Products: fruit, olives, jams, pastries
Full Belly Farm
Products: flowers, herbs, nuts, fruits, and vegetables
Guru Ram Das Orchards
Products: tree fruit, grapes
Products: eggs, citrus, fruits & vegetables, asparagus
Products: fruit, almonds
Lucero Organic Farms
Products: strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash
Products: whole wheat flour
Products: vegetables, eggs, almonds
Smit Ranch, inc.
Products: apples, grapes, blueberries, jams, and juices
Products: chestnuts, sweet potatoes
St. Benoit Yogurt
Products: yogurt, cheese, milk
Swanton Berry Farm
Products: Strawberries, blackberries, jams, globe artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, celery
Products: tree fruit
Lastly, the Berkeley Student Food Collective is always a must for buying locally. The store offers produce grown within 250 miles, local dairy products, and vegan and vegetarian options. Buying locally and organically over the holiday season can help to support sustainable farming practices and promote sustainable living. You don’t have to compromise integrity this holiday season.