November 18, 2008

“Novem” is Latin for nine, the 9th month if the year. So where does the “ber” come from? It must come from days like today. Though I would spell it Novem-burrrr! This is a typical November day. Temps last night were in the low 20s and today might touch above freezing, but the sun is bright and warm.

Last weekend it rained… and rained, and rained and rained. It may be hard for some to see the value of cold November rain, but when it comes just before Gould’s exam week, it’s probably not a bad thing. Many students I spoke with did some great studying this weekend, and now they’re taking their first exams. Best of luck!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Traditionally the holiday revolves around good company and a good meal. What is your Thanksgiving meal? It likely (if you’re an omnivore) includes turkey, root vegetables, maybe pumpkin or squash, cranberry sauce, etc. Do you know where your food comes from?

This year our goal is to have a mostly local Thanksgiving meal. We’ll eat, with gratitude, a turkey we raised ourselves. Pumpkin and squash that grew in our gardens will be made into pies. Potatoes from down the road will be mashed. Even butter, cream, and cheese will come from a farm within an hour from our home. It’s a small challenge we’ve chosen to embrace as an experiment. It’s not a very difficult challenge in New England this time of year.

Anyone else out there choosing a local Thanksgiving meal? Anyone else choosing a local rather than a factory-raised turkey? I’m a strong advocate of finding and eating local food (meat in particular). Next week I’ll let you know how the meal planning is really going as we get closer to Thursday.

Until next week, Gloggers!



One Response

  1. Avatar Paul and Eva Murray says:

    We will be eating a local turkey as well, along with cranberry-orange relish made with wild cranberries from a neighbor here on Matinicus. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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