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!

The Calf & Kid

Maybe you caught Anthony Bourdain popping a chocolate covered goat cheese ball at The Calf & Kid in his recent Seattle episode of The Layover. The cheese shop inside Capitol Hill’s Melrose Market was featured for good reason: The staff knows their stuff and are happy to pass out tastes to help you find the right cheese for a pre-dinner Thanksgiving appetizer. And by all means take little ones along for the taste test! Insider Tip:Ask for kid-friendly cheese suggestions that are mild to medium and have a similar texture and taste to cheddar.

1531 Melrose Avenue
Seattle, Wa 98101
Online: calfandkid.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

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