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Small Business Thanksgiving

I didn’t get out shopping today. Out Thursday and yesterday, and I knew I needed to cook the turkey I got. It does look good, doesn’t it? A Maple Lawn Farm turkey, not brined. Convection baked. Simple, elegant, so full of flavor. Why did I ever buy Butterball?

My small business shopping will take place tomorrow and Monday. Tomorrow for Christmas greens and poinsettias at Greenway, and Monday to Atwater’s for bread, and the antique stores in Catonsville for inspiration.

Besides, next Saturday is the natural crafts sale at the Conservancy. The info:

Dec 1 – Saturday 9 am – 3pm Natural Holiday Sale and Crafts FREE! Browse tables of natural gift items, create critters from seed pods and natural gatherings. Enjoy beautiful music with a cup of tea. Watch Master Gardener demonstrations (creations to be raffled off), visit with talented local craft vendors, local farms, and nature critter crafts for the children of all ages. FREE

Last year I won the centerpiece for our holiday table at the Master Gardener raffle. This year I am looking to get local honey for gifts, and to replenish my stocks. I think I can pass on shopping today since I spend so much time supporting our local businesses and farms.

As for the Thanksgiving meal today, it was mostly local and almost all small business, so I did support the local economy heavily. The dressing contained Boarman’s sausage and veggies from my CSA. The bread was a baguette from when I went to Linden. They buy them locally and bake them. We bought one extra so I could cube it for my sausage, bread, celery, onion, sage dressing.

The wine was local, as well. Black Ankle 2008 Pinot Noir. OK, when we bought it, it was good. Today, it was stellar. Rivaled any Carneros pinot. Not quite Burgundian, but not bad for young vines.

Not a bad meal. Our personal private Thanksgiving, after the family feast on Thursday. Almost all items on the plate from CSA, Roots, Boarman’s, Maple Lawn, and England Acres. My local resources page provides links to most of my sources for this dinner.