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.

Farmstands and Specialty Shops 

Whether you forgot something last minute, are visiting from out of town, or simply don’t feel like preparing that one item, farm stores are here for you. These places are a one-stop-shop for everything local and delicious: fruits, vegetables, jams, soups, cheeses, breads, desserts and many more yummy options.

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

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

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

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

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

Harman’s Cheese & Country Store
1400 Route 117, Sugar Hill
(603) 823-8000
harmanscheese.com

Mack’s Apples & Farm Market
230 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry
(603) 434-7619
macksapples.com

Market & Cafe at Emery Farm
147 Piscataqua Rd., Durham
(603) 742-8495
emeryfarm.com

Zeb’s General Store
2675 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway
(603) 356-9294
zebs.com

Meats

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
east-hill-farm.com

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

Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant
233 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith
(603) 279-6212
hartsturkeyfarm.com

Templeton Family Organics
176 Kennedy Hill Rd., Goffstown
(781) 316-5067
templetonfamilyorganics.com

Paradise Farm
468 Center Rd., Lyndeborough
(603) 345-0860
paradisefarmnh.com

Charmingfare Farm
774 High St., Candia
(603) 483-5623
visitthefarm.com

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

White Gates Farm
2153 Cleveland Hill Rd.
Tamworth
(603) 662-7538
whitegates-farm.com

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

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

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
crosbybakerynh.com

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

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

cake. vegan bakery
1 Washington St., Dover
(320) 266-8023
cakeveganbakery.com

Crumb Bum Bakery
97 Main St., Littleton
(603) 575-1773
crumbbumbakery.com

Dulces Bakery & Café
87 Amherst St., Manchester
(603) 606-2613
dulcesbakerynh.com

Vintage Baking Company
41 Route 302, Glen
(603) 383-7211
vintagebakingcompany.com

Old Village Bakery
50 Seavey St., North Conway
(603) 356-8989
oldvillagebakerynh.com

Florists

Looking for a thoughtful host or hostess gift that doubles as décor? Or just looking to spruce up your own Thanksgiving spread with colors of warm gold, deep red and bold burnt orange? Look no further than these delightful flower shops and farms.

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

Silver Lake Floral Design
20 Plains Rd., Silver Lake
(603) 569-8463
silverlakefloraldesign.com

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

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

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

Apotheca Flowers & Café
24C Main St., Goffstown
(603) 497-4940
apothecaflowershoppe.com

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

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

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

Dessert

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
theblackforestcafe.com

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

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

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

Custom Eats and Sweets
Manchester
(603) 479-8957
facebook.com/customeatsandsweets

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

Music

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

Senie Hunt
seniehunt.com

Maddy Roop
maddyroop.com

Seacoast Wind Ensemble
seacoastwindensemble.org

The Crab Shack Band
thecrabshackband.com

The Grim Brothers
thegrimbrothers.com

Voices from the Heart
voicesfromtheheart.org

Green Heron Music
greenheronmusic.com

Amanda McCarthy
amandamccarthy.com

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

Alcohol

With hundreds of craft beer selections, hard ciders in numerous fruity and spiced flavors, quaint wineries, and even kombucha breweries across the state, try something new or stick to an old favorite to toast this holiday season. Looking for more options? Our brewery map also includes meaderies and cider.

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

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

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

Auspicious Brew
1 Washington St., Dover
(603) 953-7240
auspiciousbrew.com

Contoocook Cider Company
656 Gould Hill Rd., Contoocook
(603) 746-1175
contoocookcider.com

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

Seven Birches Winery
22 S. Mountain Dr., Lincoln
(603) 745-7550
sevenbirches.com

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

Beer
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.

Decorations

These local shops offer Thanksgiving décor galore.

Robin’s Egg
199 Route 101, Amherst
(603) 672-3900
robins-egg.com

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

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

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

REVIVED Furniture and Home Décor
2 Island Pond Rd., Derry
(603) 965-3527
revived-furniture-and-home-décor.myshopify.com

Just the Thing
451 Central Ave., Dover
(603) 742-9040
www.facebook.com/dovernh

 

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