Locavore Thanksgiving: Your Guide To Holiday Shopping At Farmers' Markets


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We've shown you the brick-and-mortar options for Thanksgiving shopping. But the Pilgrims didn't head to Citarella for their first holiday meal. If you're looking to draw from our land and support our local farmers, hit up the farmers' markets for your Thanksgiving spread.

We've compiled a three-headed guide to market shopping: Union Square for the Manhattanites, Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, and the New Amsterdam Market—our favorite local food extravaganza, held conveniently on November 22nd.

All the info, after the jump.

Union Square Greenmarket

Ground zero for Manhattan locavores, the Union Square Greenmarket, open for your holiday convenience on Wednesday, the 25th, offers everything you'd need for a Thanksgiving meal, from turkey to desserts and everything in between.


The Bird: First things first. You may know DiPaola Turkeys of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, from the turkey sausage they're browning just about every Greenmarket day. Unsurprisingly, they're also selling whole birds for the holiday: free-range, antibiotic-free turkeys for $2.99/lb, bone-in turkey breast for $5.99/lb. Advance orders required. Also selling turkeys on Wednesday: Vermont's Tamarack Hollow Farm, whose cage-free organic turkeys start at $7/lb, up to 12 pounds, with per-pound prices dropping with bigger birds.

Early shoppers can also order from Quattro's Game Farm from Dutchess County, New York, on-hand for pickup on Saturday, the 21st, Violet Hill Farm, also on Saturday, or pasture-raised turkeys from Norwich Farm for a Monday pickup.


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Animal Addenda: Whether you need bacon for the Brussels sprouts, sausage for the stuffing, or a smoked ham for a turkey-free Thanksgiving, Flying Pigs Farm is your place.


Veggies: If you're shopping on Wednesday for the freshest produce, head to Evolutionary Organics for more varieties of squash than you ever knew existed. For your salads, Windfall Farm (provider to Caselulla, City Bakery, The Modern, and more) has a gorgeous selection of greens. And getting a Saturday head-start? You won't do better than Gorzynski Ornery Farm.

Potatoes: Stop by the supermarket and you might find one variety of fingerling potatoes. Stop by Paffenroth Gardens and you'll find twelve—from Purple Peruvian to Ozette Fingerling and more. Mountain Sweet Berry Farms has tiny potatoes, too.

Herbs and more: You may know Stokes Farm from Erin's profile—or just from seeing their gorgeous produce spread out at the Greenmarket. Stop by for pumpkins or for bunches of mixed herbs for your turkey, stuffing, or sides.

20091117stuffing.jpgBread, Stuffing, and More: Good bread makes good stuffing, and I can't imagine a better starter than the brioche loaf from Bread Alone. They've also got an organic whole grain stuffing made from a jumble of fruits and their favorite breads.

Cranberry sauce: Chutneys, sauces, and more from Beth's Farm Kitchen. Breezy Hill Orchard also has cranberry chutney, apple sauce, corn apple salsa, and more.

Apples: Locust Grove Farm has some mighty fine apples right now, and the friendly farmstanders to help you decide which variety is perfect for your pie. And their cider can't be beat as a pre-dinner warmer or after-dinner drink.

Desserts: Bread Alone has cranberry walnut bread, apple pie, pumpkin crumb pie, and pecan pie. Oak Grove Farms also has apple crumb and pumpkin pies; order before Saturday, November 21 to reserve. Breezy Hill Orchard? Everything from raspberry apple crisp to sweet potato pie to chocolate bourbon to a vegan apple pie. And to top it off? Ice cream from Ronnybrook Farm Dairy.


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Party Favors: If you're the guest, not the host, there's plenty to add to the party. A jar of pickles from Rick's Picks or jams from Beth's Farm Kitchen are easy to carry, seriously delicious, and can either add an accent to the meal or be stashed away for your hosts' later enjoyment.

Union Square Greenmarket

Union Square, 17th Street and Union Square West(map)
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Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

Brooklynites have a fantastic farmers' market of their own at the Grand Army Plaza every Saturday. Stop by on November 21st to pick up the following:


The Bird: Also available from DiPaola Turkeys: free-range, antibiotic-free turkeys for $2.99/lb, bone-in turkey breast for $5.99/lb. Advance orders required. Also selling turkeys on Wednesday: Vermont's Tamarack Hollow Farm, whose cage-free organic turkeys start at $7/lb, up to 12 pounds, with per-pound prices dropping with bigger birds.

Bread, Stuffing, and More: On Saturdays, Bread Alone comes to Brooklyn with their fresh breads and organic whole grain stuffing.

Animal Addenda: Flying Pigs Farm makes an appearance at the Grand Army Greenmarket, bringing their bacon, sausage, pork belly, and other premium meats to Brooklyn.


Veggies: Evolutionary Organics also makes an appearance at the Grand Army Greenmarket, armed with a dozen-plus winter squashes, greens, and so much more.

'Shrooms: For your stuffings, salads, or veggie entrees, Madura Farms has an incredible selection of mushrooms, cultivated in Goshen, New York.


Herbs and more: Two kinds of parsley, several kinds of sage, and a whole lot more from Scarborough Fields in Montgomery, New York.

Table Dressings: Whether you need greens or gourds, you'll find them at Lebak Farm from Burlington County, New Jersey.

Pumpkins for Pies: Maxwell's Farm from Edgewater, New Jersey has a great stock.

Pies, pies, pies: Classic apple pies and apple-pear-cranberry from Tree-Licious Orchard, cranberry walnut bread, apple pie, pumpkin crumb pie, and pecan pie from Bread Alone, pies from Baker's Bounty, and Ronnybrook ice cream, too.

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

Prospect Park West and Flatbush Avenue (map) Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

New Amsterdam Market


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Now held monthly at the South Street Seaport, the New Amsterdam Market brings together farmers, butchers, chefs, and purveyors from all over the region. And this Saturday, November 22, they've assembled an especially enticing selection for your holiday shopping.

The Bird: Pre-order your turkey from one of four fine purveyors, and pick it up at the New Amsterdam Market. Dickson's Farmstand Meats will sell turkeys from Amish farms in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; McEnroe Organic Farm, organic turkeys; Fleisher's Grassfed & Organic Meats, free-range turkeys from the Hudson Valley; and The Health Shoppe, free-range, Heritage, and traditional turkeys. Pre-ordering is essential; check the New Amsterdam website for details.

The other meats: Fleisher's Grassfed & Organic Meats will sell loose sausage for stuffing, along with brining mixes, and a selection of their fantastic meats. Also in attendance: The Piggery, Escot Valley Farm, Port Clyde Fresh Catch selling lobsters, crabs, and more from Maine, oysters and mussels from W&T Seafood, and more.

Breads and more: Eli's Bread, Nordic Breads, Pain D'Avignon, Scratch Bread, and Sullivan Street Bakery.

Veggies and more: Zone 7, a distributor from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, will sell Thanksgiving necessities including potatoes, squash, and Brussels sprouts, plus all sorts of other locally sourced produce.

Pie Provisions: Breezy Hill Orchards will be selling apples and Cape Cod cranberries; The Health Shoppe, leaf-lard for pie crust.

Pies and Sweets: Pre-order Thanksgiving pies from Sweet Deliverance: Apple Pear Cranberry Pie with a crumble top, Honey Whipped Goat Cheese Tart with Roasted Pears and Fried Sage Leaves, and a Maple Sweet Potato Pie with Spiced Candied Nuts. (Info here.) Liddabit Sweets will also be selling their seasonal candies; if you haven't had a pecan pie chocolate bar, you don't know what you've been missing.

Ice Cream? Stop by The Bent Spoon's stall.

Ice Cider: If Erin's article piqued your interest, try cider from Slyboro or Bellwether Hard Cider, both in New York.

New Amsterdam Market

South Street, between Beekman Street and Peck Slip (map)