100-Mile Challenge


What cute Turkeys! I like to see them scuffling through the leaves in the woods, not on a plate!

Treehugger encouraged folks to get their whole Thanksgiving meal within 100 miles of their homes in the aptly named 100-mile Challenge, and though I’m not entering their contest, I am trying to get most of the tasties for my feast locally. I think this is a great idea, and especially for people who don’t cook much (that would be me!) and really do it up on Thanksgiving.

So here’s my menu, and my local (or not so local) choices. FYI, I live in Southwestern Connecticut:

-Homemade Tofurkey (my favoritie tofu is made in Middlefield, CT, 54 miles away, seasonings I already have, and are from all over the place)

-Bread stuffing for Tofurkey (bread is from bakery less than a mile from my home, though I don’t know from where their ingredients come from…)

-Cranberry sauce (cranberries are from Massachusetts bogs- over 100 miles away, regional)

-Pumpkin Bisque soup (pumpins are pick-your-own from farm about 60 miles away, organic cream is from New England dairies)

-Mushroom Quiche (eggs from New Hampshire, less than 200 miles away, mushrooms are from California, cheese and cream is from New England dairies)

-Tat Soi (like Bok Choi, but darker- from my garden!)

-Pumpkin muffins (uhh….from the box!)

-Mashed potatoes and gravy (Idaho organic potatoes and premade gravy from California)

-Green salad with dressing (greens from California)

-Chardonnay (from California)

-Cherry pie, apple pie (apples are local, I buy organic pre-made crust, cherries are from the can! but organic)

-Ben and Jerry’s Vanilla Ice cream (fair trade beans, but not really local…but at least regional- from Vermont, about 200 miles away)

Ok, so that’s my dinner. I am glad to see that the bulk of my food is actually from the Northeast, at least. Maybe I’ll nix the salad….I haven’t bought some of my ingredients yet, and I’m headed to the farmer’s market on Wednesday, so maybe I’ll see if I can get onions, potatoes and some mushrooms there instead of Wild Oats, which would make my meal much more regional and would support Connecticut farmers.

Happy Thanksgiving to All the Eco Chicks (and guys too)!

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Starre Vartan is editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life.


  1. Good for you! I’ll bet you can find some Maine potatoes since you’re in New England, and Pennsylvania is a mushroom growing state. So you don’t have to get it from California.

    My family is going out to eat but I’m pleased to say the local restaurant, Cresheim Cottage Cafe in Philadelphia, is (to quote its own words) “committed to purchasing locally and sustainably grown food whenever reasonable, and we offer free-range, organic and/or wild meat, poultry and seafood when possible. ” Being close to farm country (and Amish country) the place can tap CSAs, and we even have an urban farm, Somerton Tanks, right IN the city that supplies some local restaurants. I like to patronize places like this!

  2. Going to a restaurant for Thanksgiving, especially one that is as conscious as that…..what a great idea!

    The update is that right outside campus here in NYC there is a Farmer’s Market today, so I will be able to get potatoes, apples and onions (I don’t think mushrooms though) from upstate NY- less than 100 miles from my house in CT !

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