14 Must-Visit Markets to Assemble your Thanksgiving Meal
Stressed about preparing the perfect Thanksgiving meal? Fear not, Happy Travelers: we wrote the shopping list for you, and Pennsylvania is a cornucopia just bursting with classic, delicious foodstuffs to grace your table this year! Your guests will leave with full stomachs and big smiles — and leftovers, of course!— from this true farm-to-table feast.
1. Central Market
York Shopping List Item: Artisanal Cheeses and Meats
First things first: DYK that Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday in York? So there’s no better way to kick off the full Thanksgiving meal than with a charcuterie tray from Conrad’s Deli at the Central Market in York. You’ll find an impressive selection of artisanal cheeses and meat that will prepare your guests' palettes for the big meal.
2. Lebanon Farmers Market
Lebanon Shopping List Item: Turkeys and Chickens
Lebanon, we think bologna. That’s baloney. Keener Poultry at the Lebanon Farmers Market offers locally grown, free range, and organic turkeys and chickens. Keener has had a home in the market for more than 40 years.
3. Hollabaugh Bros., Inc. Fruit Farm and Market
Biglerville Shopping List Item: Vegetables
To add some welcome greens and fresh produce to lighten up your Thanksgiving and make it truly farm-to-table, purchase your vegetables at the Hollabaugh Bros., Inc. Fruit Farm and Market. Whether you’re looking for the perfect salad ingredients or need fresh green beans for your casserole, this market will hook you up with guilt-free, quality ingredients.
4. Lancaster Central Market
Lancaster Shopping List Item: Chow Chow or Cranberry Relish
If you’re in search of more sides, swing by Spring Glen Fresh Foods at the Lancaster Central Market. From the PA Dutch specialty chow chow to cranberry relish and others, Spring Glen has a delicious dish for your Thanksgiving table. Don’t forget about your four-legged family members this season; grab a few handmade holiday treats for your favorite furry friend at Lancaster Pet Bakery.
Make your guests think you’re the world’s best baker with some fresh bread from Harvest Valley Farms. With classic varieties including ciabatta, focaccia, sourdough, and flavored artisan breads like Italian, potato scallion, sicilian, and garlic, Harvest Valley has it all!
7. Freedom Farms
Butler Shopping List Item: Butter
Bread calls for butter! Freedom Farms in Butler has apple and pumpkin butters that make for a tasty seasonal spread!
8. Pittsburgh Public Market
Pittsburgh Shopping List Item: Spirits
Looking to give thanks with some libations? Grab a bottle of award-winning spirits at Wigle Whiskey in the Strip District's Pittsburgh Public Market. Wigle’s signature crafts will bring a local flavor to your favorite holiday cocktail while adding extra cheer.
9. Easton Public Market
Easton Shopping List Item: Wine
One of the best Thanksgiving pairings is the perfect glass of wine with your dinner. Tolino Vineyards at the Easton Public Market is a family-owned vineyard and winery that grows five varieties of grapes. So, pick up a bottle (or two) of vino to complete your dinner.
10. Bird-in-Hand Bakery and Café
Bird-in-Hand Shopping List Item: Pumpkin Pie
Find your (basically required) pumpkin pie at the Bird-in-Hand Bakery and Café which has generations of experience in creating famous pies, especially pumpkin. Or grab a shoo-fly pie to add an extra Pennsylvania Dutch surprise to your feast.
11. Reading Terminal Market
Philadelphia Shopping List Item: Ice Cream
Every Thanksgiving dessert should be àla mode! Good thing Bassetts Ice Cream is available at the Reading Terminal Market. Be adventurous and try their unique flavors, like Matcha Green Tea or the basic vanilla. With more than 40 flavors, America’s oldest ice cream company will have the perfect scoop to pair with your pie this November.
12. Broad Street Market
Harrisburg Shopping List Item: Coffee and Beer
Your guests might need a pick-me-up after filling up on a delicious meal. Pick up coffee beans at Elementary Coffee Co. in the Broad Street Market's stone building to caffeinate your guests and have them ready for some sweets. Or if you need some time to unwind before dessert, stop by the ZeroDay Outpost for a Harrisburg-produced beer to go.
13. Flinchbaughs Orchard and Farm Market
Hellam Shopping List Item: Gifts
Hosting a Thanksgiving feast can be overwhelming. Show your gratitude towards your hardworking host with a gift basket from Flinchbaughs Orchard and Farm Market. You can choose from 12 unique baskets and customize with your favorite items, like apple butter and seasonal fruit.
14. Hawley Silk Mill
Hawley Shopping List Item: Table Centerpiece
It’s time to set the table! The Hawley Silk Mill has many boutique shops to turn your Thanksgiving tablescape up a notch. Browse decorative home décor where you can find the perfect centerpieces that complement your meal.