As soon as Halloween ended, friends and family started asking where we are going to spend Thanksgiving. Last year we spent an untraditional Thanksgiving in Rincon, Puerto Rico, but this year Scott and I decided to stay home in the Hamptons. There was some initial protest by Emma and James, who always look forward to visiting Rincon, but it’s hard for any American kid to resist the call of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. We’ll host my mom and any stragglers that might make their way to our home.
Thanksgiving is all about the food, of course, and I’m only preparing locally purveyed foods: a small turkey from Iacono Farms and produce from Amber Waves. If I’m thankful for anything, it’s for my family’s health and for having access to this bounty of fresh and beautiful food!
Thanksgiving makes me mindful of everything we have that others don’t — I know for a fact that most Americans are not eating healthy food. It’s not really our fault – not everyone lives near turkey farms and vegetable stands. Most people buy their food in supermarkets and take for granted that the products found on supermarket shelves are safe and nutritious. We purchase and consume food without really understanding how it’s produced, but how it’s produced affects our health and the health of our planet.
How timely that our friend Susan Rockefeller’s latest documentary, “Food for Thought, Food for Life,” is about to be released.
This holiday season, take time to think about what it is you are serving your guests, your children – yourself! Take a look at some of the work being done by Stone Barns Center and the Center for Ecoliteracy and support the movement towards more sustainable farming practices. And if you are lucky enough to have good, wholesome food on the tables, be thankful!