Locavore’s Thanksgiving

Shop local, eat local holiday meals!

Thanksgiving is just a week away and everyone seems to be dreaming of stuffing and green bean casserole and pumpkin pie! That means it’s time to start planning your locally grown, all-Iowa Thanksgiving.

It’s true, just shopping at your local super-market can be overwhelming, let alone searching for ingredients across the state. Never fear – we’ve got you covered.

Let’s start with the most important part of every Thanksgiving meal – the turkey! There are lots of great places to get a local bird. Check with poultry and meat producers in your area!

Thanksgiving Turkey

Okay, we may have gotten ahead of ourselves with the turkey, let’s take a step back! What are you going to do if people are arriving and the bird isn’t done yet? Cheese to nibble on and some wine and beer are a perfect distraction and BOTH can be found locally! 


So now we have the turkey, appetizers and spirits covered, all we have left to coordinate are the sides. If you’re looking to go local for your sides, the Des Moines Farmers’ Market is hosting two winter markets, the NewBo City Market and the Riverloop Public Market are also great options to find home-grown fare. Here are a few more locations to check out: Find Local Ingredients.

And if all else fails, your local grocery store probably partners with producers from the area to sell their seasonal produce. Make a list and get in touch with them to find out what they have to offer that’s locally grown.


Finally it’s time for the best part of any meal – DESSERT! We have found an award-winning Spiced Pumpkin Praline Pie recipe from our good friends at the Iowa State Fair for you to sink your teeth in to. If you’d rather not bake, keep your eyes peeled while at the local markets listed throughout – a lot of these places will also have homemade pies on hand!

Last step… Enjoy! You’ve earned it!

Check out the full list of Iowa producers and stores from across the state where you can complete your own Iowa-grown Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Poll: Sweet potato casserole? Mashed potatoes? Cranberry Sauce? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side-dish?

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