This Thanksgiving, elevate your holiday feast with local food. Discover where to find local turkeys, farmers markets, and wineries to create a delicious meal that champions the efforts of hardworking local growers and makers in the community.
There are many ways to bring local food to your meal from the turkey to the cheese board. Opting for local brings seasonal, more organic, and high-quality ingredients to your table. Unlike their mass-produced counterparts, local farmers tend to steer clear of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and preservatives, making your Thanksgiving meal not only tasty but also a healthier choice for you and the land.
Here are some quick resources to find farmers, markets, and alcohol near you.
David’s Pasture has been raising turkeys for 11 years. The turkeys are raised with care, supplemented with a GMO-free diet, and experienced the joys of roaming on pasture. Multiple sizes are available for home delivery. Some sizes are already sold out.
KC Food Hub Pre-order online by November 10
Raised by Buttonwood Farm, the pasture-raised turkeys are fed an all-natural poultry chow with no antibiotics or hormones, and are encouraged to free-roam and forage. Three sizes are available with a $20 deposit. Orders will close on November 10th; Turkeys will be delivered the following week between November 15th and November 18th.
Bauman’s Mobile Meat Market
The Bauman Family offers pasture-raised turkey from their farm in Garnett, KS and sells locally at the Overland Park Farmers Market. Fresh and frozen turkeys are available for online pre-order and pickup at the market.
Farrar Family Farms Turkey breasts and legs only
Farrar Family Farms grows pasture-raised turkey that live inside mobile range coops that protect them from predators, but where they are given space to run around and forage for bugs and grasses. Whole turkeys are not available, but small turkey breasts and turkey legs can be purchased. There are upcoming pickup locations across the metro on November 16 and 18.
Brookside Winter Farmers Market, HJ’s Community Center, 6425 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
City Market, 20 E. 5th St., Kansas City, MO
Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
KC Farm School at Gibbs Road Market, 4223 Gibbs Rd., Kansas City, KS
Monday, November 20, 4 – 7 p.m. in the Greenhouse
Lenexa Holiday Farmers Market, Lenexa City Hall, 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS
Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lawrence Farmers Market, 824 New Hampshire St.
Saturdays, 7:30 – 11:30 a.m., open through November 18
Overland Park Farmers Market, 7905 Marty St., Overland Park, KS
Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Urbavore Farm, 5500 Bennington Ave., Kansas City, MO
Thursday, November 16, 4 – 7 p.m., Order online Wednesday from 8 a.m. – midnight for Thursday pickup
In addition to these local markets, you can find additional local resources on the Kansas City Food Circle’s Eat Local KC Map.
Local breweries and wineries
If you’re looking for local beverages, one of the best places to go is your local neighborhood liquor store. They will have a good selection of regional beers, wines, and hard liquors that are perfect for special holiday gatherings.
For local beer, there are 108 local breweries to discover at craftbeers.com.