As Thanksgiving approaches and my family starts planning our annual turkey dinner, it’s hard not to think about what’s changed since last year at this time, and why I’m thankful. As always, I’m thankful for my wonderful parents and amazing twin sister, and this year I’m grateful to have a fun and exciting new job here at the Chamber. Before starting my job at LCRCC I worked for, and with businesses supporting a local and sustainable food system. I can’t let Thanksgiving go by without acknowledging all of the hardworking men and women who raise the turkeys and grow the vegetables that allow us to have such wonderful feasts every year.
We’re lucky in Vermont to have such a strong connection and easy access to food grown with care and intention by our neighbors. Vermont has a rich history of agriculture, which is a benefit to our communities and becoming a tourist draw as well. We now have popular festivals for cheese, beer, wine and food, as well as thriving farmers markets throughout the state.
As I drive to my local co-op to pick up our locally raised turkey (and probably a bottle of wine or two!) I’ll grab all the potatoes, carrots, and onions I need, as well as an extra pie (why must we choose between pumpkin and apple?). I’ll make my way to my parents’ house to watch the parade, play a few games of scrabble and enjoy delicious smells from the kitchen.
From everyone here at the Chamber, I want to wish you all a happy and filling Thanksgiving!
– Lauren Madden, Director of Advertising and Member Services