In 1621, 90 Native Americans from the Wampanoag tribe made a two-day journey on foot to Plymouth Plantation to break bread with the Pilgrims for what is traditionally known as the first Thanksgiving. After a two-month, 3,000-mile voyage aboard the Mayflower and a winter in which they may not have survived without the help of the Wampanoag people, the Pilgrims were extremely thankful.
Only one written account of the first Thanksgiving exists and turkey isn’t mentioned. The main course was likely duck, which was plentiful in the waterfront village, and venison, a gift from the Wampanoag. The meat was probably roasted over an open fire. Seafood, cabbage, onions, corn and squash were likely served as well.
Regardless of what my kids might tell you, I’m not old enough to have attended the first Thanksgiving celebration. But there’s one thing I can tell you for sure – there were no processed foods whatsoever.