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Have an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving with Free Range Turkeys

green thanksgivingGobble, gobble!  Can you believe that we're a month away from Thanksgiving?

If you're hosting Turkey Day at your house, there are many things you can do to make sure it's as green as possible.  I won't bore you with the tips of the "don't forget to recycle on Thanksgiving!" variety, but there might be something you hadn't thought of in terms of greening your Thanksgiving:  buy your turkey directly from a farm! 

EatWild.com has a database of farms where you can buy pastured meat that meets their criteria.   Their criteria includes that the animals are treated humanely, are not given hormones, and more.   Another site that has a database of farms where you can buy turkeys is LocalHarvest.com.

I find that these turkeys are far superior to the ones you can get at the grocery store.  These turkeys way more fresh and it's always a good thing to support local farmers.  Also, the turkey you buy at your local supermarket might have traveled a thousand miles just to get to the store, which can be a huge carbon footprint.  Sometimes the local turkeys are a little more expensive, but it's well worth it.

At some farms, these turkeys have to be ordered in well advance depending on the farm, so once you find a farm to buy one from, give them a call to see if it's time to order them yet.

Another little tip is to make as much as you can, as opposed to buying pre-made food.  A lot of the pre-made food comes in plastic containers or cans which just creates more waste.  Make your own cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie  (hey, you can freeze the pumpkin pulp from that jack-o-lantern you carved for your green Halloween decorations and use it from some homemade pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving!), and more!