What To Buy At The Farmer’s Market This Month: Thanksgiving Edition

What To Buy At The Farmer’s Market This Month: Thanksgiving Edition

Can you believe that it’s almost November? I feel like this year has flown past!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I am so excited for this year! I love to find seasonal foods at my local farmer’s market for Thanksgiving. Eating local food tastes sooo much better and that makes it perfect for Thanksgiving!

In my area it’s still 80 degrees (can you believe it? ugh) so the growing season is a little bit longer here. But I know for many of you, especially those of you who live further north, the farmer’s market pickings are getting slim in November.

Because of the variety of climates in the United States this is farmer’s market guide is pretty general. If you want to know exactly what’s in season in your area you can head over to The Seasonal Food Guide. I love this website because you can put in your zip code and know exactly what’s in season throughout the year in your area!

So let’s get started! Here’s what you should be looking for at the farmer’s market in November!

Apples

I’ve said it many times before, but I LOVE fresh apples. And fresh apples are perfect for making apple pie for Thanksgiving! In my opinion, there’s nothing better than homemade apple pie. You can check out my favorite homemade pie recipes here: Homemade Pie Recipes For The Holidays

You can also use fresh apples to make homemade apple cider vinegar! I have a guide for how to make apple cider vinegar here!

Mint

If you’re lucky you might be able to find some fresh mint at your local farmer’s market this month. It’s still in season in my area at the beginning of November, so keep an eye out for it! Having mint around during Thanksgiving is a must have for me because mint soothes upset tummies. I like to chew on the leaves, or I’ll make mint tea if I have an upset stomach (from eating too much!)

Plus mint has tons of benefits for your chickens! I use dried peppermint in my hens’ nesting boxes! You can get dried peppermint in my shop here: Dried peppermint 

Potatoes

If you’re lucky you might still be able to find some local potatoes for your Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. Since potatoes are fairly easy to store long term you can usually find farmers who have stored their crop from earlier in the season. When I lived further north I would go to a local farmer who stored potatoes in a massive root cellar! It was awesome because you could get local potatoes year round!

Check out my favorite recipe for Southern Style Mashed Potatoes and Gravy that you can make in your instant pot!

Sweet Potatoes

Yum! I love sweet potatoes! And good thing they’re in season in November, so you can make candied yams for Thanksgiving! This recipe for candied yams looks delicious (This recipe does call for sweet potatoes, not yams. Typically in the U.S. the words sweet potatoes and yams are used almost interchangeably which can be confusing!)

You can also try my favorite recipe for Southern Style Sweet Potatoes!

Winter Squash

I’m really looking forward to trying some recipes with winter squash this year! There are so many varieties of winter squash (spaghetti, acorn, butternut etc.) and I’m really looking forward to trying some out!

Some recipes I’m dying to try this year are:

Pumpkin

There are still fresh local pumpkins hanging around after Halloween, I promise! I love using fresh pumpkin to make pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice because it’s perfect for the holidays! You can find my recipe here: Pumpkin Puree & Pumpkin Spice. But my favorite thing to do with fresh pumpkin is make pumpkin pie! You can check out my favorite holiday pie recipes right here!

Carrots

Where I live, fresh carrots start showing up in October & November (since summers are so hot!) This recipe for Maple Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots would be the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving!

Mustard Greens

Yum! Mustard greens are perfect for salads and they would be great for a Thanksgiving side dish. Check out this recipe for Sautéed Mustard Greens With Garlic and Lemon!

Thyme

I love fresh thyme! Typically November is the last month there’s fresh thyme at the farmer’s market, so I’m going to enjoy it while I can! I just made a recipe for meatball orzo stew tonight for dinner, and the best part was it featured fresh thyme! You can find the recipe here: Slow cooker meatball orzo stew.

Well that’s all folks! If you’re looking for Thanksgiving décor ideas for your home, I’ve got your covered! Head over to this article here for my favorite fall themed décor! What are you going to buy at the farmer’s market this month?

 

19+ Pie Recipes For The Holidays

19+ Pie Recipes For The Holidays

Pie. O.M.G. There cannot be enough recipes to satisfy me.

 

Pie is huge on our homestead, and since it’s relatively easy to make, we have it often.

 

Anything with fruit is always a hit. And of course, they’re always made from scratch. 
While we’re usually pretty pressed for time, each pie on this list doesn’t take that much time.

 

And with the constant influx of eggs we have, we like to use egg whites for meringue.

 

With the holidays coming up, I decided to gather a collection of my favorite pie recipes that have knocked it out of the ball park at home.

 

Here’s 11 of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them too.

 

Chocolate French Silk Pie

 

 

Holiday French Silk Pie

Photo from Baker Betty

 

Using butter, sugar, chocolate (of course), and eggs (yay!), this pie is to die for. It’s also shockingly easy to make.

 

The chocolate curls are simple to create at home – simply run a bar of chocolate over a cheese grater, and there you have it!

 

 

 

Lemon Cheesecake Pie

 

lemon and cheesecake pie

Photo from Scattered Thoughts Of a Crafty Mom

 

With this pie, I prefer to use homemade cream cheese and sour cream, but you can, of course, use store-bought products.

 

Since we can’t grow lemons here, I like to substitute trifoliate orange juice for the lemon.

 

When we moved to the homestead, I was delighted to learn we have a couple trifoliate orange bushes growing, and try to use them as much as possible, even though they’re sour.

 

So, they’re perfect for this recipe. Of course, you can just use lemon juice, as the recipe suggests!

 

Crack Pie

 

holiday pie recipe

Photo from Averie Cooks

 

 

This is another awesome recipe to use up your eggs (do you see a theme here?) It’s a little complicated, but the end result is totally worth it.

 

Despite its interesting name, Crack Pie is an old-fashioned type recipe that I could see our grandmothers making on special occasions. 

 

It’s to die for, and if you’re looking for an adventurous recipe, you’ve found it.

 

Caramel Apple Crumble Pie

 

Holiday Recipe Caramel Apple Pie

Photo from Avery Cooks

 

I love to make this pie in the fall, when apple harvest is here, and we have an abundance of apples to use up. 

 

Although there are a lot of ingredients in this pie, making it is so simple that your family won’t believe it. 

 

If you don’t want to use store-bought pie filling, you can, of course, use your own that you made from scratch.

 

Want another fun apple pie recipe?

 

Try this $25,000 Apple Pie recipe! (even if you don’t make it, the story of why it’s called the $25,000 Apple Pie is really fun!)

 

Or you can get nostalgic with Grandma’s Apple Pie.

 

Blackberry Pie

 

We aren’t lucky enough to have blackberry bushes yet on the homestead (we’ve focused on raspberries and blueberries), so I still have to use store-bought blackberry pie filling when I want to make this recipe.

 

I love how easy it is to make blackberry pie, and it’s one of those holiday pies you can whip up if you find yourself with company and need a fast and easy dessert to make.

 

Pecan Pie Cookies

 

Holiday Pie, Pecan Pie Cookines

Photo from Spend With Pennies

 

With about 20 pecan trees on our homestead, you can only imagine we try to use them up in any way possible, and these Pecan Pie Cookies are one of my favorite ways.

 

These cookies are also relatively straight forward to make, with only a few, common ingredients.

 

Give them a try!

 

Classic Pumpkin Pie

 

Pumpkin pie recipe holiday

 

How could I possibly create a list of great pie recipes without including pumpkin?

 

I love this recipe because it’s easy and straight forward, and even I can make it!

 

Or, you can try this recipe! Pumpkin Pie recipe from Survival At Home!

 

If you want to make it from scratch, you can learn how to make my homemade Pumpkin Puree recipe and Pumpkin Pie Spice here.

 

Love these recipes and want more?

 

Easy Apple Pie from Simple Life Mom

 

Fresh Strawberry Pie from Yearning And Learning

 

Maple Pecan Pie (without Refined Sugar) from Yearning And Learning

 

Winter Squash Pie from Learning And Yearning

 

Buttermilk Pie from Imperfectly Happy

 

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Filling from Better Hens and Gardens

 

Easy Key Lime Pie from Better Hens and Gardens

 

Third Place Apple Pie from Lally Broch Farm (Won 3rd place at Searsport’s Annual Fling into Fall!

 

I’d like to hear from you!

Which is your favorite pie recipe? Email me at [email protected] or comment below!


 

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