When Planning Your Thanksgiving Meal, Why Not Shop Local?

When you live in a community such as ours, why wouldn’t you shop local for all of your Thanksgiving meal needs? From table decor to appetizers to dessert and nuts, everything is available right here in Petoskey.

When you live in a community such as ours, why wouldn’t you shop local for your Thanksgiving meal? From table decor to appetizers to dessert and nuts, everything is available right here in Petoskey.


Petoskey Cheese, one of our community’s newer businesses, has cut-to-order artisanal cheeses and the experts to help you plan your crowd-pleasing appetizers! They also offer jams, mustards, crackers, nuts, chocolates, and an olive bar.


Platter with Spanish ham jamon serrano or Italian prosciutto crudo sliced Italian hard cheese pecorino toscano homemade dried meat salami glasses of red wine and pistachios on old wooden board

Crooked Tree Breadworks is your place to buy specialty nuts for your guests. They feature curried pistachios, orange balsamic pecans, and spicy glazed almonds on their website. You’re also going to want to pick up the “local’s loaf” while you’re in the shop. The “local’s loaf” is truly Petoskey grown and 100 percent local whole wheat as Crooked Tree Breadworks paired with the Scheel Family Farm & Flour Mill, located on Division Road in Petoskey, to make this unapologetically, homegrown bread.

Fish and Meat

While you’re at Crooked Tree Breadworks make sure you stop in to Toski Sands Market, located just next door. Toski Sands is going to be your one stop for your fresh seafood, meat, and alcohol. Not only do they have a reputation for the finest quality in everything they sell, but check out their list of locally grown produce, fish and meat, dairy, and breads, effectively multiplying your local support.

If you are looking for your locally grown turkey, look no further than Agrilicious’s list. They compiled a list of locally grown and organic turkey farms. The work is already done for you! Of note, Morganic Farm, just a short drive toward Traverse City, would be an excellent choice for this year’s turkey.


Roasted turkey garnished with cranberries on a rustic style table decoraded with pumpkins gourds asparagus brussel sprouts baked vegetables pie flowers and candles.

Plath’s Meats, Inc., located at the corner of Mitchell and Division, is also a wonderful choice for this year’s turkey. Giving you the option to shop online, they make your meal planning easy and convenient.

Fruits and Veggies

A trip to Bill’s Farm Market never disappoints. From the beautiful views of the rolling hills to the amazing produce all year long, Bill’s Farm Market is definitely a must-stop for this year’s Thanksgiving meal. In addition to your vegetables, you will also want to stock up on your fresh herbs and seasonings for your turkey, stuffing, and sides. And don’t miss out, Bill’s has beautiful bouquets, perfect for wowing your guests.

Jams, Jellies, and Dressings

There is just something about American Spoon Foods that immediately builds excitement when you walk in. There are rows on rows of gorgeous colored jars of jams and jellies and salsa. There is a sample bar in the middle of the room that begs you to try one or all of the amazing products that American Spoon offers. The staff is always friendly and helpful. For all of these reasons, American Spoon Foods is a must for your holiday meal shopping. Lastly, American Spoon offers recipes for all of their items or you can always ask an associate for tips and tricks.

Pond Hill Farm is another fun place to check out when planning your meal. A short drive past Harbor Springs and into the beautiful countryside, is where you will find Pond Hill Farm, and it is worth the trip. Aren’t we truly lucky that we have these amazing destinations to shop? Not only is the farm absolutely beautiful but it is chock-full of activities for the family. There is a livestock barn, cross-country ski run, hayrides, a cafe, and winery, and the Squash Rocket (which you have to see for yourself). They offer an online store as well, if you want to peruse from the comfort of your couch, but be sure to make the trip at least once.

Fustini’s, located in downtown Petoskey, is the perfect spot to pick up your oils, vinegar, and last minute dry seasonings. Their experts are available to help you pair your flavors and provide samples of everything before you buy. Not only do they let you sample, but they have several different bottle size options — so you can try out small amounts before you commit to the full size.


Tigerlillys in Alanson is yet another, must shop-in-person store for your Thanksgiving prep. They’re located in downtown Alanson, on the corner of River Street and US-31. They have the absolute best holiday decor and the most wonderful staff to help you with your needs. Of course, they can make you any flower arrangement you desire for your centerpiece as well.


For any last minute items you may have forgotten for your kitchen, check out Cutler’s or Meyer Ace Hardware. You may be wondering why a hardware store, but you won’t question it once you walk into the Meyer Ace downtown location. Both Cutler’s and Meyer Ace have every item you didn’t know you needed to make your Thanksgiving meal one to remember.

That’s it! You should hopefully be fully prepared for your Thanksgiving meal shopping now. Thanks for reading and check back for more localized information for your holiday planning!


Jennifer Carson is the Director of Operations with Coldwell Banker Fairbairn Realty. She is a licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Michigan. She has certifications in mediation and has a passion for helping people problem solve. Jennifer is a lifelong "Michigander" and currently resides in Petoskey, Michigan. She loves exploring all that Northern Michigan has to offer.

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