The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun in our house and I simply can’t wait to gather around a table filled with delicious local food and drink. We are so lucky to live in an area with plentiful options to fill your thanksgiving table. Here are a few spots I’ll be visiting soon to stock up.
There are several options for finding the perfect centerpiece for your meal. I just called to reserve mine from The Organic Butcher for pick up on Tuesday. They are getting them in fresh so you don’t have to worry about thawing. At about 3.50/lb for the all natural and 4.50/lb for the certified organic I decided to spring for the organic but I don’t think you could go wrong either way.
The dish with the most variability from table to table has got to be dressing/stuffing. In my family, it is only stuffing if cooked in the bird and dressing is the same mix baked separately in a dish. So far I’ve managed to make dressing from scratch each year but if you are looking for a helping hand with the biscuits, cornbread, or breadcrumbs you couldn’t find a better place than BreadWorks Bakery and Deli. If you aren’t familiar with their mission here’s a quote from the website, “owned and operated by WorkSource Enterprises which has provided job training and employment to persons with disabilities since 1967.” Can’t beat good food for a good cause.
I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I love the downtown farmers market. I’ll be stocking up on kale, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, squash and all of my other produce needs this Saturday.
I know some families with as many pies as there are people at their thanksgiving table. While not a fanatic, I have to say it would not be thanksgiving without at least one pie. This year Family Ties and Pies’ apple crumb will be on our table. You can pre order or pick up one of their pies while you are at the farmer’s market.
You can find me in either the downtown or uptown location of Market Street Wine Shop at least once a week between all of their incredible free tastings. On Saturday I chatted with Thad and came up with a full wine list for the evening. Their staff is always so helpful and knowledgeable they will be able to help you pick out the perfect cider, wine, or beer for your holiday get together.
Among many other things, I am truly thankful for living in a town with a bounty of local farmers and smaller specialty shops that provide such high quality goods. This holiday season I will choose to show my gratitude for what this lovely town has given me by giving back one shopping trip at a time. Happy Thanksgiving!
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