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

120 miles


Blue Heron

Products: vegetables and flowers

80 miles


Coracao Confections

Products: raw, vegan chocolates


Dirty Girl Produce

Products: mixed vegetables, tomatoes

91 miles


Frog Hollow Farm

Products: fruit, olives, jams, pastries

60 miles


Full Belly Farm

Products: flowers, herbs, nuts, fruits, and vegetables

90 miles


Guru Ram Das Orchards

Products: tree fruit, grapes

80 miles

Hamada Farms

Products: fruit


Kaki Farm

Products: eggs, citrus, fruits & vegetables, asparagus

135 miles


Kashiwase Farms

Products: fruit, almonds

113 miles


Lucero Organic Farms

Products: strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash

90 miles


Massa Organics

Products: whole wheat flour

156 miles


Riverdog Farm

Products: vegetables, eggs, almonds

70 miles


Smit Ranch, inc.

Products: apples, grapes, blueberries, jams, and juices

80 miles


Solano Mushroom

Products: chestnuts, sweet potatoes

50 miles


St. Benoit Yogurt

Products: yogurt, cheese, milk


Swanton Berry Farm

Products: Strawberries, blackberries, jams, globe artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, celery

76 miles


Tofu Yu

Products: Tofu


Woodleaf Farm

Products: tree fruit

137 miles


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.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Emily Barber

Emily is a second year Society and Environment student. She hopes to pursue a career in environmental law and educate the public about current environmental issues.

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