Eat Local this Thanksgiving!

Many of our blogs here at Hansen Land Co. talk about how productive and renowned Alberta soil and agriculture products are. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we thought we’d take this blog as an opportunity to discuss some of the amazing, local farm products you can buy, which are grown and raised right here in Alberta.

Most Albertans and even foodies around the world know how good Alberta beef is. But Albertan ranchers are raising a lot more than just cattle. Bison, sheep, and poultry have all been part of the long tradition of animal husbandry in our province. There are many Canadian websites devoted to helping Canadians prepare and eat more turkey. We recommend swinging by your local farmer’s market to find the a great, local bird large enough to feed your entire family.

Alberta ranchers aren’t the ones with more diversity to their products than consumers usually assume. Our farmers are growing a lot more than wheat and canola. Alberta also has wonderful, organic orchards full of fruits that are distilled into wine. If wine is a necessary part of your Thanksgiving feast, this website provides all the information you need to find a local producer.

While turkey and wine make a great start, a Thanksgiving feast wouldn’t be complete without fruits and vegetables. Pumpkin pies and cranberry sauces are important parts of Thanksgiving, and both can be found locally. But in particular, potatoes often play a central role in Canadian Thanksgiving. And whether you like your potatoes baked, mashed, or fried, we’re certain that supporting local Alberta potato farmers won’t just make you feel a warm sense of Thanksgiving spirit. It will also ensure the tastiest potato dishes you’ve ever served. And it should come as no surprise to you that Alberta potato farmers also have a website, so you can easily contact a potato farmer near you.

One of the best things about eating locally and buying from nearby producers is knowing that by putting great food on your own table, you’re helping Albertan farmers put food on theirs. Local produce purchased directly from a farmer or rancher is fresher and almost always tastier than what you can buy at the store. This Thanksgiving, why not give back to the farmers and ranchers who keep you fed all year round? We sure will be.