Make your Thanksgiving a locally sourced occasion by purchasing proteins, vegetables, wines, cheeses and hostess gifts from Georgia-based purveyors. Here's a buying guide for all the holiday essentials.
Where to buy the turkey
Heritage Farm in Bowdon is taking orders online for its pasture-raised turkeys, available fresh for Thanksgiving or frozen for Christmas. Birds are priced at $7.90 per pound, with the average turkey weighing about 15 pounds. A $50 deposit is required to reserve your bird with the balance billed upon delivery.
Bluffton-based White Oak Pastures also is welcoming online turkey orders. The south Georgia farm's 8- to 12-pound turkeys are on sale for $75 and can be ordered at the online store. Turkeys will ship directly to customers Nov. 16.
If you'd rather buy your turkey in person, a number of Whole Foods Market and The Fresh Market locations offer locally sourced meats throughout the year.
Where to buy fruits and vegetables
Stop by your local farmers market for locally harvested fruits and vegetables for your Thanksgiving table. While you're there, be sure to sample locally made jams, jellies and butters. Must-try items include butters from Banner Butter and pimento cheese from Marietta's Freckled & Blue.
Where to buy extras
Georgia Crafted offers locally made products to complete your holiday table without having to trek to multiple stores across the state. Thanksgiving's hot sellers include Katherine's Butters (apple butter and peach butter), Wisham Jellies (cranberry pepper jelly), and JudiCakes (cranberry ginger spice cake and pumpkin toffee cake).
Where to buy wine
Hosting a Thanksgiving dinner is the perfect excuse to head to a local wine-tasting venue ahead of time. Eateries such as Novo Cucina and Vino Venue allow guests to sample numerous wines when they stop in.
Where to buy the hostess gift
Choosing the right bottle of wine to pair with the meal when you don't know what is on the menu can be tricky. Instead, purchase a sentimental gift that's appropriate for the holiday season and beyond. To continue the local theme, consider a Georgia-shaped cheese board, an Atlanta neighborhood printed tea towel, a set of printed wine glasses or slate coasters featuring plays from UGA's football history.
For more ideas about gifts, decorating, where to eat and what to do, check out our complete Atlanta Holiday Guide.
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