Finding organic and sustainable foods to dress your holiday table isn’t always an easy task. As the sustainable shopper knows far too well, organic goods – especially produce – aren’t always readily available at local grocery stores (and even those that do carry them tend to have a limited selection, leaving out many key Thanksgiving ingredients).
Fortunately, there are a few local businesses that can help you find everything you need to feed your guests this year, from fresh produce to desserts and other baked goods, without the inconvenience of traveling from store to store.
Here are three places sure to help make shopping for Thanksgiving dinner a little bit easier.
Isador’s Fruit and Deli – Oxford
Don’t have the time to hunt down organic fruits and veggies this week? Isador’s will do it for you! Call the store ahead of time and they will assemble a small box of holiday produce containing about 10 pounds of food, or a large box containing produce plus some additional goodies. Orders can be picked up at the store, and voila – you’re shopping is done. And, it’s all certified organic!
Produce boxes are $35 and $49, respectively. To place your order, or find out more, contact Isador’s at 508-987-1211.
The Living Earth – Worcester
In addition to their standard cornucopia of locally grown, organic produce and grocery items, the Living Earth is also taking orders for dessert this year. Their all natural 9-inch pies are $14.99 each (including a $5 deposit) and are available in apple, apple-cranberry, blueberry, pumpkin, and vegan pumpkin. As an extra time-saver, ordering can be done online.
Fourth annual Thanksgiving Farmer’s Market – Hubbardston
This off-season farmers’ market, which takes place today, Sunday, November 21st from 12:00-3:00, is a fantastic place to meet local farmers and food artisans while stocking up on Thanksgiving essentials. Find everything from pies, breads, baked items like pumpkin macaroons, grass-fed meats and cheeses, and locally grown autumn produce. Plus, you’ll enjoy the afternoon sipping hot cider and enjoying holiday cheer. The event will be held at the Williamsville Chapel, 3 Burnshirt Road in Hubbardston.