Once again, fall has returned to the Railway City in full swing. The air is a bit cooler, the leaves have begun to turn, and pumpkin spice reigns supreme. All this can only mean one thing: it's almost Thanksgiving! Here in Canada, we celebrate this holiday in October while the Horton Farmers' Market is still up and running! Preparing the best Thanksgiving meal your loved ones have ever seen will be much easier! Take your time with long checkout lines in the grocery store at the last minute- the market has everything you need right from the source, grown locally to be enjoyed locally.
First stop- vegetables! With the cold weather approaching, you'll need something to warm you up, like potatoes! Mashed, baked, scalloped or fried, however you enjoy them. For those with a sweet tooth, try their close relative, the sweet potato! Unlike regular potatoes, these are much more nutrient-rich, not to mention delicious! They can even be enjoyed in desserts!
Sticking to tradition is essential for many, which leads many families to include bread with their feast. This core food is often used as an appetizer to tie over guests before dinner. La Houlette de Vie is known for its incredible bread, naturally fermented with organic ingredients. Your guests will adore an appetizer of rye or perhaps a baguette!
Next, the most important and well-known part of Thanksgiving is the turkey. The Turkey Shoppe, like its namesake, has roasts ready for you! Those who aren't looking to prepare a whole turkey have plenty of other options for smaller gatherings, such as roasts, meat loafs, fillets, sausage, bacon, and even burgers! On top of that, The Turkey Shoppe carries premade gravy and mix, stuffing, turkey broth and even cranberry sauce to make Thanksgiving go even more smoothly! For apparent reasons, Thanksgiving weekend is jam-packed for The Turkey Shoppe. They need all hands on deck at their farm store on Thanksgiving weekend, so unless you picked something up last weekend - you'll have to make an extra stop or opt for a less traditional Thanksgiving option like lamb from Brandywine Farms, a beef roast from B&C Farms, or sausage from Quaker Springs Farm!
Finally, what's Thanksgiving without some pumpkin pie? This traditional treat is a must-have for most, so why not make it local? Howe Family Farms is ready to deliver its best pumpkins from the patch, perfect for making a pie from scratch! For those more impartial to avoiding the baking process, have no fear! Spicer's has your dessert dilemma covered. You'll surely appease your loved ones' sweet tooths with Pumpkin, Pecan and Apple pies.
With so many delicious options available at the market, you'll be serving an incredible feast to friends and family, all while supporting local farms and their families! We wish all of our marketgoers a safe and happy Thanksgiving!