Tips for Having a Green Thanksgiving in Queens

Looking for ways to incorporate a greener lifestyle into this holiday season? Check out these tips on lessening your carbon footprint while still enjoying Turkey Day.

Side dishes are arguably the best part of Thanksgiving dinner. Whether its sweet potato with marshmallows on top, a mean green bean casserole, mashed potatoes or stuffed artichokes, why not source those veggies locally? Shop at a farmers market instead of a traditional supermarket to ensure that your vegetables are organic or locally grown. You can access a complete list of all Queens markets here. Now that you have your fresh veggies, go ahead and strive to make your whole meal organic! Trader Joe’s in Rego Park is a great place to find organic food that you’ll need for all your Thanksgiving staples.

Holidays wouldn’t be half as funny without the addition of alcohol. When choosing a wine to serve or bring along to Thanksgiving, consider choosing a wine made right here…in Queens! The only commercial vineyard in all of New York City is right here at the Queens County Farm Museum. The wine shop at the Farm is open daily from noon to 5:00 p.m

After that big meal, get outside and jump in a pile of leaves! A great way to teach your child about conservation as well as spend some time in the fall air this holiday season is to participate in Project Leaf Drop at Two Coves Community Garden and various other Queens community gardens who are inviting folks to bring bags of leaves and even old pumpkins which will be turned into compost.

Lastly, holiday travel has a major impact on the environment. So this Thanksgiving, instead of travelling long distances to spend the holiday with family, why not stay local and invite friends to your place or even consider eating at one of the many Queens restaurants offering Thanksgiving meals?
Here are some great Queens eateries offering specialty Thanksgiving menus:

Vesta Trattoria and Wine Bar in Astoria
Brick Cafe in Astoria
Danny Brown Wine Bar and Kitchen in Forest Hills
Riverview Restaurant and Lounge in Long Island City

Have a green Thanksgiving!


Christine Concetta Gibson