Growing Our Own Thanksgiving Celebration

Growing Our Own Thanksgiving Celebration

It’s early June, but I’m already dreaming of Thanksgiving dinner.  I can almost picture the homegrown feast that will grace our family table.  The herbs for our favorite sage and artichoke heart dressing are already growing in the garden.  Sweet potato slips have been planted, seed potatoes are taking root, and heirloom corn, squash and beans will be sprouting in the coming days.

Now you can join in and learn more about the gardens here at 1840 Farm, the heirloom varieties we love, and the Thanksgiving feast that will follow.  I’ll be sharing updates and harvest notes throughout the growing season and hoping that you’ll share the news and notes from your backyard and garden here and with The 1840 Farm Community on Facebook.

Long before Thanksgiving dinner arrives, we’ll be enjoying berries, tomatoes, and a host of other heirlooms fresh from the garden.  I’ll be sharing our favorite recipes so that you can enjoy them on your family table.

You can learn more about our Thanksgiving garden and the history of the holiday itself by reading my How to Grow Your Own Thanksgiving Series on The Daily Meal.  The slideshow contains beautiful photographs from our friends at Iron Oak Farm and detailed planting and harvest information for herbs, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and pumpkins.

Now it’s time for me to get out in the garden and plant our Stowell’s Evergreen Heirloom Sweet Corn.  It’s the first step in our Three Sisters Garden and I can’t wait to watch as it grows in our gardens.  Our heirloom three sisters garden will provide Stowell’s Evergreen Heirloom Sweet Corn, Sunset Heirloom Runner Beans, and Long Island Cheese Heirloom Squash for our Thanksgiving menu.  I can almost taste it already!

Are you growing crops in your garden specifically for your Thanksgiving table?  I’d love to learn more about the varieties and recipes that you enjoy at your annual celebration.





  1. We are in the process of planting your three sisters collection in our school garden. We have four – 9′ x 9′ beds filled so we should get a good harvest! I am impressed with how fast the corn has germinated and it is growing quickly, almost time to plant the beans! I started pumpkins, butternut squash and spaghetti squash early in the greenhouse so we can get earlier yields this year and have plenty to make it through the winter. Most of what we grow will be served in the school cafeteria or handed out to families in our community. We hope to grow enough in the future to donate to the town youth center’s adopt a family program, providing food and gifts to local needy families during the holidays.

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      I am so happy that your gardens are doing well! What a wonderful experience for these children and your community. The lessons the children learn will forever change their lives in such a positive way. Well done!

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