Every Thanksgiving, we’re thankful to live in Seattle, where terms like “artisan” and “local” are as common as “coffee” and “rain.” We’ve rounded up some of our city’s best independent markets and specialty shops that can help you create a bountiful holiday table that fits your family’s style. These area bakeshops, butchers and cheesemongers will take your Turkey Day menu way beyond canned cranberry sauce and gloppy green bean casserole. Read on for our picks!

Rain Shadow Meats

There are going to be 50 very lucky Thanksgiving tables this year: Rain Shadow Meats (across the hall in Melrose Market from The Calf & Kid) is taking orders for just that many fresh, locally-sourced turkeys in 2013. The birds range from 18 to 26 lbs. and will be ready for pick up the day before Thanksgiving. Or, if you’re in the mood to buck tradition you can also pre-order a ham.

1531 Melrose Avenue, Ste C
Seattle, Wa 98101
206-467-6328
Online: rainshadowmeats.com

Looking for more farmers markets, home delivery services or farms to help you create a bountiful table? Check out Puget Sound Fresh, where you can sign a pledge to eat local for Thanksgiving.

— by Sara Billups

Photos via each company’s website or Facebook page