Ah, Thanksgiving. Some years you want to do the whole thing yourself, from the shopping to the peeling to the brining…and some years you just. don’t. Whether you want a little help getting the best ingredients and recipes guaranteed to work, or you really want to phone it in (i.e. let someone else do all the cooking and the clean up) this is a judgement free-zone, and we’ve got suggestions! Click through to see our ideas on how to make this turkey day a little easier — and enjoyable! — for the whole family.
For Locally-sourced Produce, Birds and Artisan Pie: Farmigo
Can't make it to the farmer's market and feel gouged by upscale grocery spots? Farmigo wants to be your go-to source for produce, meat and more from area farmers. (It's currently the largest online farmer's market, serving 15,000 families in the U.S.) They let you know where your birds are coming from, if they're free-range, and what they're fed. Produce is from small farms focused on sustainability, and pies such as Bittersweet Chocolate Bourbon Pecan are from the Brooklyn artisanal pastry chefs Pie Corp (you can also just get frozen crust). In addition, Farmigo is offering recipe bundles for stuffing starters, butternut squash soup, as well as prepared cranberry sauce from Beth's Farm Kitchen in Columbia County.
Farmigo is not membership or subscription-based, so you can try it out just for Thanksgiving, and there is no minimum order requirement. You do need to pick up your order, which is generally priced by weight (see site for specific costs); pickup locations both private and public are located all over the city, as well as in Long Island, New Jersey and Westchester.
Order by the first week of November to reserve your bird! (You'll put down a $30 deposit, which will be subtracted from the price of your bird, determined by weight, when it arrives.)
How are you getting help with Thanksgiving this year? Tell us in the comments below!