Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking about your holiday feast. If you’re looking for farm-fresh ingredients to make your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner extra special, look no further than Washington County, NY!
No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it at one of our many local farms & businesses. And when you purchase ingredients for your amazing holiday feast from these small businesses, you can feel good about directly supporting Washington County’s agricultural community.
So, let’s dive in! Here’s just a few of the many local places you can find everything you need to create a deliciously memorable holiday feast.
Farm-Fresh Produce: Fruits, Veggies, Grains & Decor
Even in mid-winter, you can find fruit & veggies at our many local grocery stores, as well as some CSAs and farm stands!
For example, local-favorite Reggies Veggies operates year-round & sells a huge variety of local produce, goods and more. For a sweet surprise, snag some cider donuts to enjoy after your holiday feast! Alternatively, you can check out the Pleasant Valley CSA to see shop one of the area’s largest networks of farm-fresh goods. Many of our local farm stores also sell honey and maple syrup, which are a tasty, healthy gift for your loved ones with a sweet tooth.
Plus, you may find several roadside stands selling holiday decor for your home and table. Of course, in warmer seasons our local farms offer much more fresh fruit, vegetables, leafy greens at our many farm stands & farmers markets.
Read on to learn about even more options!
Meat & Dairy Products Straight From The Farm
To be sure, each family’s holiday feasts feature different foods. However, most Thanksgiving dinners include one traditional staple: turkey! But be sure to plan ahead, as there are typically a limited number available when buying farm-raised birds.
Reserve your own turkey from The Farm Store at Tiashoke online today. Only $5/lb, these farm-fresh, locally-raised turkeys are absolutely delicious. But don’t hesitate, because they do sell out! Pick up on the days before Thanksgiving: Nov. 22 & 23, 2023. Plus, each purchase receives a free squash to bring home.
Alternatively, reach out to K & L Hollow Farm to secure your ethically-raised meats, including turkey, duck, pork, and more. While supplies last.
If you’re looking for high-quality meat of a different type, there are many local options! You’ll taste the farm-fresh difference when you cook using meat from Locust Grove Smokehouse in Argyle, Nessle Bros Meats in Greenwich or Yushak’s Market in Salem.
Of course, where there’s dairy, there’s beef. Washington County is also home to many popular cattle farms. Whether you choose Angus and Hereford from Marchaland Farms, free-range & grass-fed Angus from Mack Brook Farm, or all-natural Blonde d’Aquitaine beef from Easton Station Farms, you’ll be pleased with the taste. You could also explore our variety of local markets, including Edward’s Market in Granville!
Yet for finger-foods & charcuterie boards alike, cheese is a necessity! Luckily, some of upstate New York’s finest cheeses are produced right here in Washington County. Each year in early September, we celebrate this tradition with the annual Cheese Tour, as well as the Cheese Trail throughout the year.
But, our most popular cheese producer is also available online! Bring the farm to your snack selection with Argyle Cheese Farmer‘s range of cheeses, dips and spreads. Their high-quality products will elevate any holiday feast.
Not a meat eater? No worries! Check out 518 Mushrooms‘ range of seasonally-available edible fungus, perfect for a range of recipes.
Desserts: Pies, Pastries, Ice Cream and More
Save yourself the hassle & purchase your pies, pastries and other desserts from a small business in Washington County! With options for every sweet tooth, these yummy treats will end your holiday feast on a high note. Of course, you’ll need to place an order & pick up ahead-of-time at many of the businesses on this list, but the extra effort is well worth it!
If it’s cheesecake you crave, it doesn’t get better than the ones hand-made by nuns at New Skete Monastery. Or, for farm-made ice cream created from award-winning milk, visit the Battenkill Valley Creamery‘s store or find their products in our local grocery stores.
Beverages: Cider, Wine, Beer & Beyond
Adult craft beverages: great for before, during, and after any holiday feast. Whatever your drink of choice, you’ll love what this area has to offer! Explore the taste of Washington County through our variety of craft beverages, including wine, cider, spirits and more.
Stock up on your new favorite wines (& grab a bottle for your host!) from the incredible wineries that call the rolling hills of Easton, NY home. Both Victory View Vineyard and South Dominion Vineyard & Winery make delicious red and white wines, made from cold-hardy grapes! When it comes to cider, two popular local brands are Slyboro Ciderhouse and Melo Moon Cider, whose entire operation is based right here in upstate New York.
Or, bring on the brews! There are also many craft beer producers in this area that take pride in their farm-to-glass experience. From Scotlander Brewing Company to Battle Hill Brewing & beyond, you’ll find IPAs and lagers to suit any palate.
Floral Centerpieces & Gifts For Your Host
Whether you’re a guest for the season’s festivities or throwing your own dinner party, a floral centerpiece is a wonderful addition to any holiday feast!
Custom-order the perfect floral arrangement from one of our local florists, or choose from one of their stylish pre-made designs! Discover amazing work from the Florist at Mandy’s Spring Nursery, Blooms Floral Design or The Flower Shop at Laura’s Garden.
Or, if you’re looking for something a little more long-lasting, explore the range of pottery, prints and more made by local artists.
Need More Ideas For Your Holiday Feast or Holiday Plans?
There’s so much more to see, taste and explore within Washington County than we were able to fit in one blog post! Nonetheless, we hope this post has helped you discover some great local places to buy farm-fresh ingredients for your holiday feast. After all, supporting local businesses is one of the best ways to support our community and ensure your food is tasty & fresh!
Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a wonderful day filled with good food, good company & good memories.