Thanksgiving Dinner Staples: A Local Shopping Guide
Turkey and Other Main Course Meats
Hint: To take your turkey roasting game to the next level, we recommend infusing the meat or adding a glaze. For a juicy berry flavour, try using Haskapa’s Haskap jam and juice. For something on the sweet side, maple syrup from Acadian Maple or honey from Cornect Family Farms can easily be whipped up into a mouthwatering glaze.
Cranberries have to be one of the most festive fall foods, and the fresher they are, the better! Use Terra Beata cranberries this year to make the best-ever cranberry sauce – you’ll want to spread it on everything! You can even go pick your own berries during the farm’s U-pick season, extending from now until end of October.
Stuffing Herb Mix
Stuffing is a favourite dish in many Thanksgiving dinners, but it can be time-consuming to make. Let Farmer John’s Herbs simplify the process for you with one of their natural stuffing mixes. You can go classic with the traditional mix, or play with flavour with their cranberry, blueberry, apple, or pecan mixes.
Since potatoes are the only main ingredient in this essential Thanksgiving side, they may as well be bought locally! Pick up Nova Scotia spuds at Noggins Corner Farm Market, Masstown Market, or any Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia.
Farmer John’s Herbs carries a wide selection of fresh herb mixes, made without preservatives or MSG. They’re the perfect way to add something unique to your potatoes.
There are so many delicious seasonal veggies to roast- butternut squash, brussels sprouts, even pumpkin! Whatever your favourites are, you’ll easily find them farm-fresh at Noggins Corner Farm Market, Masstown Market, or at one of the many Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia.
Is there anything more satisfying than freshly baked bread? From rolls to croissants, let Boulangerie la Vendéenne be your go-to bakery for doughy goodness.
There are few things that appear more impressive than making your own bread. With Valley Flaxflour‘s Bread Dough Mix, you can impress guests with your very own homemade loaf!
Hint: If gluten is a no-go at your Thanksgiving gathering, grab one of Schoolhouse Gluten-Free Gourmet‘s handmade creations. Trust us, selection and flavour are definitely not sacrificed in this gluten-free bakery!
Cheese & Snack Board
It’s pretty difficult to go wrong with cheese, especially when it’s from Fox Hill Cheese House or Knoydart Farm. For an especially festive option, Fox Hill’s Cranberry Cheddar makes a perfect addition to any holiday snack board.
Jellies, Jams & Preserves
We’re fortunate in Nova Scotia to have so many options when it comes to locally-crafted spreads, jams, jellies, and preserves! Check out the vast selections available from Haskapa, Helen B’s Preserves, PepperHead, Tangled Garden & Fireside Kitchen!
Pies, crumbles, cakes… there are so many decadent Thanksgiving dessert options! For a fruit-based treat, Stirling Fruit Farms carries the freshest seasonal produce available. If you’re on the hunt for apples, Scotian Gold carries over 20 different varieties, one of which is sure to complement your dessert perfectly!
If making dessert simply isn’t in your schedule this weekend, there are plenty of sweets available to bring home from brands like Gourmandises Avenue Chocolaterie, Jill’s Chocolates, Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory, Sugah!, and The Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop.