Plan Your 2007 Homegrown Thanksgiving
Share your Thanksgiving menu with us and win $100 to spend at Whole Foods Market
At this year's concert, for the first time, the concessions featured all fresh, local, organic and/or family farmed food! And concertgoers were thrilled with the homegrown food. Now we're asking you to follow our lead and serve a Homegrown Thanksgiving meal. We'd like you to plan one fabulous Thanksgiving menu for your friends and family that will make Willie, Neil, John and Dave proud. The meal can be as traditional or as creative as you want it to be but the food should be grown locally, produced by a family farm, or certified organic.
The four best menus will each receive a $100 gift certificate to Whole Foods Market! Gift certificates courtesy of the Whole Foods Market's Local Producer Loan Program
How to enter:
JudgesEach judge will choose their favorite menu while keeping the following criteria in mind:
The Ditty Bops
The Ditty Bops formed in 2003 and began to play around Los Angeles as a four-piece acoustic band with Amanda on mandolin, dulcimer, and washboard and Abby on guitar and piano. This summer they trekked coast-to-coast through farming communities of America in support of organic farming and renewing interest in locally grown food. By targeting visits to co-ops, restaurants, health food stores, organic dairy suppliers and vegetable growers, The Ditty Bops brought attention to the struggles and achievements of family farms in the US. They ended their trek at Farm Aid 2007, where they wowed the crowds with their music.
As founder and director of Sustainable Table, Diane Hatz develops and manages creative projects to raise awareness and educate consumers about issues surrounding the sustainable food and agriculture movement, while promoting solutions to the problems caused by factory farms. Diane is Executive Producer of the award-winning, critically acclaimed, animated films The Meatrix, The Meatrix II: Revolting, and The Meatrix II ½ as well as Project and Marketing Director for the Meatrix campaign, both online and off. Diane is also Project Director for The Eat Well Guide, an online consumer directory of sustainably-raised meat and dairy products in the United States and Canada.
Chef Colin Alevras
Colin Alverasfocuses on using local and sustainable, farmer-driven ingredients to create an ever-changing menu of fresh, simple, yet decadent fare at the Tasting Room Restaurant in New York City. The Tasting Room Restaurant was one of the participants in our Fresh From the Family Farm Restaurant campaign during this year's concert in NYC. Colin has become a Greenmarket fixture as he shops daily for that evening's offerings. He has also developed relationships with local farmers with whom he closely works to grow and raise specialty products for his dishes. Complementing the brunch and dinner menus is an extensive American wine list that focuses on small, unique producers and vintages. The restaurant also offers hand-crafted, classic cocktails that are mixed with home-made sodas and fresh-pressed fruit juices to reflect the restaurant's seasonal and market-fresh philosophy.
Laura Freden is Farm Aid's Program Manager. She spends her time talking to farmers and farm groups about what is going on in farm country, and answering every possible farm trivia question Farm Aid staff can think of. When we have a question like: "How many gallons of manure spilled off the coast of North Carolina in what year?", Laura can find the answer. Check out Laura's column and ask Laura your food and farm questions. In her spare time, Laura works on recipes and dreams of a future on her very own sheep farm and fiber arts studio.
Don't forget to watch the Farm Aid 2007 TV Special
The Farm Aid 2007 TV special will air on HDNet on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007 at 9 p.m. EDT. It will include highlights of the 2007 concert plus some great Farm Aid moments.