How To Source a Local Thanksgiving

Tips, ideas and resources for creating a locally sourced Thanksgiving feast

Applecrest Farm Orchards offers hand-pressed apple cider, local honey, jams and the some of the sharpest cheddar cheese to be found. Photo by Greta Rybus

The carving knives are sharpened, the ovens are primed, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Thanksgiving Day football games are recorded and ready to go. Whether you are hosting a meal for two or 15, preparing and cooking Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have to be overwhelming or include stressful last-minute grocery trips to pick up cranberry sauce. What if you could replace the Butterball turkey and baking nightmares for a local Thanksgiving dinner spread that would make Martha Stewart jealous? From free-range turkey to decorations to locally produced beer, bread and pie, we rounded up the best farms, bakeries, florists, and even local musicians for you to create a new locally sourced Thanksgiving tradition that will leave you stuffed full of memories for years to come. Trust us, it will be a feast worth dressing up for.

Farm Stores (year-round)
If you’re looking for a savory side dish or you forgot a menu item, one of these farms has you covered. Enjoy a selection of seasonal vegetables, jams, soups, fruit, cheese, eggs and more from these local providers.

Farm Orchards
133 Exeter Rd., Hampton Falls
(603) 926-3721

Brookford Farm
250 W Rd., Canterbury
(603) 742-4084

Lull Farm
65 Broad St., Hollis
(603) 465-7079
615 Route 13, Milford
(603) 673-3119

Tendercrop Farm at the Red Barn
123 Dover Point Rd., Dover
(603) 740-4920

LaValley Farms
1801 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett
(603) 485-3541

A local Thanksgiving turkey is the best way to honor the tradition of the season as you sit down to celebrate with family and friends. These farms not only sell sustainable roasting turkeys, but also beef, pork, lamb and chicken if turkey isn’t up your alley for Thanksgiving dinner.

The Inn at East Hill Farm
460 Monadnock St., Troy
(603) 242-6495

Hurd Farm
11 Old Stage Rd., Hampton
(603) 944-6869

Vernon Family Farm
301 Piscassic Rd., Newfields
(603) 340-4321

White Gates Farm
2153 Cleveland Hill Rd.
(603) 662-7538

Walpole Valley Farms
663 Wentworth Rd., Walpole
(603) 756-2805

Riverslea Farm
362 N. River Rd., Epping
(603) 679-2629

Stop by Apotheca Flowers (where you can also peruse the charming shop or relax in the café) for all of your Thanksgiving decorating needs from flower arrangements to wreaths to candles. Photo by Jenn Bakos

Baked Goods
Whether you prefer fluffy rolls, flaky biscuits, or even crumbly cornbread, an overflowing bread basket is a dinner essential. Check out one of these bakeries for bread that will be perfect for sopping up that extra gravy and cranberry sauce.

Crosby Bakery
51 East Pearl St., Nashua
(603) 882-1851

Mayfair Farm
31 Clymers Dr., Harrisville
(603) 827-3925

The Bread Shed
80 Krif Rd., Keene
(603) 355-3912

These florists bring flower arranging to a new creative level. Take home one of their head-turning designs, or pick your own flowers and make your own rustic, modern, or full-on fall centerpiece.

Spring Ledge Farm
37 Main St., New London
(603) 526-6253

Tarrnation Flower Farm
96 Streeter Pond Rd., Sugar Hill
(603) 823-5369

Fruition Flowers
31 N. Main St., Newmarket
(603) 969-4162

Freshwater Farms
1 Kipkam Rd., Atkinson
(603) 362-6200

Emily Herzig Floral Studio
This is a private floral studio — call or visit the website for more information or to place an order.
(603) 444-7600

Paisley Floral Design Studio
2107 River Rd., Manchester
(603) 493-8386

Choose from seasonal, sparkling and barrel-aged meads at Sap House Meadery. Photo by Jenn Bakos

Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a grand dessert spread. End your feast on a sweet note with cakes, pies, pastries, cookies, cupcakes and other mouth-watering desserts from one of these talented specialty shops.

Black Forest Café & Bakery
212 Route 101, Amherst
(603) 672-0500

Autumn Nomad
18 Black Mountain Rd., Jackson
(603) 383-8227

Popovers on the Square
8 Congress St., Portsmouth
(603) 431-1119
11 Brickyard Sq., Epping
(603) 734-4724

Frederick’s Pastries
109 State Route 101A, Amherst
(603) 882-7725
25 South River Rd., Bedford
(603) 647-2253,

Custom Eats and Sweets
(603) 479-8957, Facebook

Kristin’s Bistro & Bakery
28 Washington St., Keene
(603) 352-5700

Every good party needs a soundtrack. We recommend these homegrown musicians from our very own Cubicle Concert Series. See them at

Senie Hunt

Green Heron Music

Amanda McCarthy

Baked goods are made from scratch at Crosby’s Bakery. 51 E. Pearl St., Nashua, Photo by Emily Heidt

Here are a few options for delicious local meads, wines and ciders. Looking for more options? Our brewery map also includes meaderies and cider.

Ancient Fire Mead & Cider
8030 S. Willow St., Manchester
(603) 203-4223

Sap House Meadery
6 Folsom Rd., Center Ossipee
(603) 539-1672

Flag Hill Distillery & Winery
297 North River Rd., Lee
(603) 659-2949

North Country Cider
3 Front St. #160, Rollinsford
(603) 834-9915

Zorvino Vineyards
226 Main St., Sandown
(603) 887-8463

There are more than 80 breweries in the state, so chances are good there’s one near you. There are so many great ones we can’t even begin to list them here. Luckily, we’ve compiled a map and directory.

These local shops offer Thanksgiving décor galore.

Robin’s Egg
199 Route 101, Amherst
(603) 672-3900

Apotheca Flowers
24 Main St., Goffstown
(603) 497-4940

House by the Side of the Road
370 Gibbons Hwy., Wilton
(603) 654-9888

Lonesome Woods
2165 Main St., Bethlehem
(603) 991-1513

REVIVED Furniture and Home Décor
2 Island Pond Rd., Derry
(603) 965-3527

Just the Thing
451 Central Ave., Dover
(603) 742-9040


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