Looking for the best ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast? RelayRides blogger Sydney Jarod suggests these five day-trips for making this year’s feast the best
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, our thoughts turn rightfully from the election to family and feast. What do I serve my loved ones at the big Thanksgiving meal, we ask ourselves. It is not a simple question, because we have never had so many choices and so many expectations placed upon us. In this decade of foodies, we are expected to transcend our microwave prowess to please the most discerning of foodies.
While this may be stressful, RelayRides is here to help. We cannot tell you what to serve, but we can tell you where to get it and how to get there cheaply.
66 Miles from New York City
For a taste of traditional holiday apple-picking, don’t forget the kids as you drive up to this picturesque farm in the Hudson Valley. Fishkill Farms is the place to pick up organic apples and pumpkins for Thanksgiving pies. While you’re at it, don’t forget to try their fresh apple cider and apple doughnuts.
50 Miles from Los Angeles
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be just about meat eaters. If you are vegan or vegetarian in the LA-area and prefer to skip on the turkey and meat, then check out Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres is a 26-acre Southern California Shelter on a beautiful hacienda ranch in Acton—just 45 minutes from Hollywood. It is the perfect destination for vegans and vegetarians to check out around the holidays. In addition to providing shelter for more than 100 animals, Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres offers one-hour guided tours on Sundays and Mondays and group tours are available by appointment—they also recommend this dining guide for veggie options near you.
For those of you who stick to a more traditional Thanksgiving in the Los Angeles-area and want the best organic turkey out there, make sure to stop by Lindy & Grundy’s organic butcher shop. Butchers Amelia Posada and Erika Nakamura practice nose-to-tail butchering, which means that they turn the entire body of the animals that are delivered to their shop into useful, delicious cuts of meat. Just remember to reserve and confirm your Thanksgiving turkey with their staff via telephone in advance!
30 Miles from San Francisco
If you live in San Francisco, leaving town to get your bird maybe isn’t that necessary with so many great markets in the city. What is worth a drive is Sigona’s Farmers Market in Redwood City. Sigona’s offers well over a dozen varieties of apples and nearly as many varieties of veggies, fruits and mushrooms for your Thanksgiving feast on its well-stocked shelves, but the best part about Sigona’s is its selection of exotic olive oils and balsamic vinegars. All are available to sample, so make sure to try to Dark Chocolate or Blood Orange Balsamic Vinegars.
For city folks looking for a turkey, there many amazing sellers offering the best, organic free-range choices, getting your turkey will be pretty convenient. We suggest getting your hands on a BN Ranch (these are from Bill Niman formerly of Niman Ranch fame) fresh turkey at Bi-Rite Market in the Mission.
20 Miles from Boston
Looking for the perfect Thanksgiving turkey in Boston? The NCOF is a non-profit farm and educational center that offers fully organic, humanely-raised turkeys and chickens for the holidays. Order your Thanksgiving turkey now, but make sure you can confirm that you could pick up your bird from the farm on Nov. 20. Otherwise, the bird has flown the coup.
45 Miles from Chicago
If you are in Chicago and you want organic food, look no further than Midnight Sun Farm. The farm itself is a 5-acre organic vegetable farm located in Grayslake, IL. They grow certified organic produce sustainably. Oh, and they naturally raise turkeys—all of their birds are organic fed and pastured. Word to the wise is order your turkey fast because supplies are going fast. To visit the farm just be sure to contact the farmers in advance.
Since you are headed to an organic farm focused on sustainability, why not lower the carbon footprint of your trip with an eco car like Eric’s Smart, or Carl’s Civic Hybrid? With rates 40 – 50% cheaper than Zipcar and 20 – 30% cheaper than traditional rental car companies, once insurance is factored in, you will not only be green, but thrifty!
Finally, while the feeling of serving the perfect Thanksgiving dinner is priceless, renting the perfect car through RelayRides is only an average of $49 per trip. That price contains a cornucopia of value, too, with a $300,000 insurance policy for renters and all the convenience of the type of car you want, when you want it and where you want it in your own town. Join RelayRides to start driving today!