At Liberty Public Market it is entirely possible to source a full
dinner from the artisan vendors who are offering special locally-sourced, take-home dishes and turkeys to ensure that you do less clean-up and more socializing. So, if the thought of hosting Thanksgiving or contributing the perfect side dish has you stressed, head to Liberty Station for the perfect items for this year's holiday table.
Liberty Meat Shop will stock turkeys from Mary's Free Range Farms, a certified organic farm, for $4.75 per pound in sizes from 14-25 lbs. It is wise to pre-order your bird ASAP for pick-up starting the week of Thanksgiving.
Mess Hall is a pick-up location for Stehly Farms Organics' farm-to-fresh birds. Located in Valley Center, their sustainably and biodynamically raised turkeys are fed with grain from local breweries and vegetables from the farm. Order turkeys directly through Stehly Farms.
Stuffing and other sides
Now that your turkey is sorted, it's time to talk about sides. That's where Mess Hall's Thanksgiving pick-up menu can help with corn bread dressing; cider braised sweet potatoes with brandied prunes and hazelnuts; a butternut squash, comté and potato gratin; and green beans with citrus, almonds and bread crumbs. Each side serves 6-8 people with prices ranging from $16-$22.
Cranberry sauce and pasta by the pound
Pasta Design has a few options for your turkey day table. Pick up a housemade cranberry and a brown butter and sage sauce, sold by the jar for $10. If seeking sides with Italian flair, try the hand-crafted, fall-themed pastas by the pound including Turkey and Green Onion Ravioli, a Pumpkin Fettuccine, a Campanelle with Pumpkin and Fresh Herbs, and an English Green Bean Ravioli.
There's no doubt that guests will be wowed by a roasted pumpkin pie using Stehly Farm Organics freshly-picked ghost pumpkins. Pick this beauty up from Crafted Baked Goods for $19 (order through Mess Hall's website).
Sweet potato pie and candied yams
Cane Patch Kitchen founders Ebony and Tony Broadway use family recipes to create decadent made-to-order candied yams ($3.99-$10.99; 8-24oz) and sweet potato pie ($3.99/slice or $18.99/pie). These holiday and everyday dishes embrace their Louisiana roots. Nov. 22 is the deadline for all Thanksgiving orders. Cane Patch asks for 48 hours notice to ensure a fresh pie, however, they will have pies in-stock through Thanksgiving.
Cheese plate appetizer
Responsible for an appetizer? How about an "Around the World" platter with cheeses from six different countries or a "Top Seller"s tray with best-selling cow, goat, sheep, blue and flavored cheeses from Venissimo. Platters come with various accruements and a sliced French baguette. Pre-order online for quick pick-up.
Grape Smuggler's Beverage Director Greg Majors suggests stocking eight bottles of wine for every twelve guests (though you know your crew best). His picks include:
- RED: Gamay, Salem Wine Co., 2014, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon ($32) - a light-bodied red wine that offers itself as a classic companion to the turkey, as it's approachable and soft nature complement the subtlety of the meat
- WHITE: Gruner Veltliner, Alzinger, Federspiel, 2015, Wachau, Austria ($28) - an Austrian Gruner Veltliner stands up to the hardy flavors of traditional vegetables and side dishes and will keep guests reaching for a refill all night long.
And, of course, pick up a last-minute bouquet or small succulent arrangement as a hostess gift on your way out of the market at AE floral.