It's one thing to eat your local berries for breakfast during the summer, or your preserved summer tomatoes for dinner all winter. But when it comes to the biggest food holiday of the year, are you prepared to go totally local?
A new local organization, Local Sprouts Cooperative Catering, can help. In fact, they can do all the work for you, or at least get you started. About eight people will prepare Thanksgiving feasts that can be picked up either completely cooked (all you need to do is re-heat), or partially prepared (veggies chopped, turkey dressed, you do the rest). The non-profit anticipates approximately 15 orders; they've gotten four so far (all orders must be placed by 11/16, which is this Friday). It all sounds like a yummy way to spend less time in the kitchen (if that's not your thing), while keeping your buy-local commitments.
For meat-eaters, Local Sprouts will offer:
Free Range Natural Turkey Rich Turkey GravyMaine Cranberry SauceVegetable and Bread StuffingGolden Mashed PotatoesSquash or Harvest Vegetable SoupPumpkin or Apple PieFresh Baked Rolls
These carnivorous orders are $18/person, with a minimum of 8 people.
And for vegetarians/vegans:
Harvest Roast: our own wheat gluten roast with a vegetable and bread stuffingRich Vegetable GravyMaine Cranberry SauceGolden Mashed PotatoesHarvest Vegetable SoupApple PieFresh Baked Rolls
These orders are $19/person, with a minimum of just 2 people.
Pre-prepped (not cooked) orders are $15/person, with an 8-person minimum.
The gobblers are from the pasture at the New Sharon turkey farm in central Maine. The veggies are from the Freedom Farm in Freedom, Fishbowl Farm in Bowdoinham, and Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative, which distributes local produce throughout the state. Local Sprouts is even obtaining local butter and milk from Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook, flour from Aurora Mills in Aroostok County, and cranberries from Ricker Hill Orchards in Turner.