Sit down for a farm-to-table Thanksgiving dinner featuring recipes full of Maryland's signature flavors.
Those bare November days, when faded farm fields are kissed silver with frost and clinging mist, are the time for farmers to
assess the past growing season—and most important, to give thanks. At Star Bright Farm, in the rolling countryside of
northern Maryland, Thanksgiving truly is an honest celebration of both family and harvest.
That’s in part because Helen Norman and Mark Elmore’s 130-acre organic farm sits next to One Straw Farm, where her brother
and sister-in-law, Drew and Joan Norman, run an 1,800-member organic CSA program. Helen likes to say they are “one family but
two farms working together.”
Like most meals on the farm, the Thanksgiving menu “is dictated by what’s growing,” says Helen. “Fall brings us squash,
potatoes, broccoli and beets.” In addition, the whole family gleans the late fall remains. November fields still bear patches
of frost-sweetened kale and spinach and dainty broccoli heads. “We’ve picked kale literally frozen to the ground. It’s so
It's no surprise that Thanksgiving is Helen Norman’s favorite day of the year. “It’s about sharing family and food,” she
explains. Farmers or not, this is a day when we can all indulge in gratitude—for family and for all those successful harvests
that nourish us every day of the year.