Eat Local for the Holidays: Giving Thanks to AZ Farms and Restaurants

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Now that pumpkin spice lattes are back in stores, it’s officially time to start preparing for the holidays. What’s a great way to feed your family and keep money in your local economy? The answer is simple: buy your holiday meal from sources close to home. Best of all, we’ve done our homework and found the best ways to bring more local Arizona flavor to your plate this holiday season.

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Chiricahua Pasture Raised Meats Wilcox, AZ

“We are now accepting deposits for delicious pasture raised turkeys for your holiday feast!"

What to order: Holiday turkeys, available for pickup in both Phoenix and Tucson.

How to Order: Jump over to our website and reserve yours now! You can also reach us 520-507-5586.

Date Creek Ranch Wickenburg, AZ

“As a family-owned and operated working cattle ranch in the middle of the Sonoran and Mojave deserts, at Date Creek Ranch we understand the importance of finding quality products to nourish your family. Our cattle are born and raised on the land, working with us to better our soil and ecosystem. Antibiotics and hormones have no place on our ranch because of our healthy and practiced grazing methods."

What to Order:We have grass-fed and grass-finished beef, available all year. This fall we have pastured pork, pasture raised chicken and grass-fed lamb.

How to Order:Place your order soon for a place on our November 16th deliveries! Order online or give us a call at (928)231-9058.

Feathered Reptiles Farm Tucson, AZ

Feathered Reptiles Poultry Farm is a hobby poultry farm that specializes in heritage turkeys. We breed, hatch, and raise the birds on certified organic feed."

What to Order: Preorder your holiday turkey ($8.50 per lb, dressed weight, including giblets).

How to Order: Contact us through our websiteor by email.Email is preferred but customers can also leave a phone message at 520-744-4211.

Green New American Vegetarian Phoenix and Tempe, AZ

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Green is a vegan establishment serving up comfort food to to vegans/vegetarians/veg-curious and everyone in between. ThanksLiving started 11 years ago as a means to give vegans and vegetarians an option to enjoy the holiday sans animal products. Everything is vegan (plant's based) and almost everything is organic with local produce and products as much as possible."

What to Order: Tickets to our annual ThanksLiving event, held at our Tempe location from 12pm-4pm on Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy an amazing meal, music, and local vendors selling great gift items (never to early to start your holiday shopping), and local animal organizations. We also have the option to pick up a cold meal on Wednesday so you're able to take your meal wherever you plan to spend the holiday!

How to Order:Buy tickets or place an order for a pre-maid Thanksgiving meal online or at either Green location (before 11/20)."

Mortimer Farms Dewey, AZ

“At Mortimer Farms we find it extremely important to give families from all over the opportunity to learn where their food comes from, how it is grown, and even in some cases help with harvest. By raising and offering holiday hams and turkeys we are able to provide so many more families with the opportunity to get food right off the Farm and enjoy the wonderful taste and beautiful meal centerpiece that our meats provide!"

What to Order: We offer holiday turkeys, holiday hams, and holiday pies, cookies, cakes, and other baked goods. It is a first come first system and 250 turkeys will be available for Thanksgiving this year.

How to Order: Order online or by phone at 928-830-1116.

Proper Meats and Provisions Flagstaff, AZ

Proper Meats and Provisions is taking orders from customers in the Flagstaff area for local turkeys and meat again this year. We can take special orders for just about anything given sufficient notice."

What to Order: Local turkeys from Ridgeview Farms in Chino Valley and holiday rib roasts through Christmas and New Years.

How to Order:Stop in to our shop or call to place an order at (928) 774-9001.

Top Knot Farms Benson, AZ

Top Knot Farms loves sharing our turkey with the local community, so much so that we are already sold out this year. We are excited to offer different types of meat for the holidays this year."

What to Order: Duck and geese orders are available throughout the holidays this year.

How to Order: Order one week in advance by email or phone (602-697-6948). Pick up will be in Tucson.

Sides and Dessert

Farmers Markets Across Arizona

Your local farmers market is one of the most reliable sources of fresh local produce. It’s the perfect time to ask your farmer when they will start selling potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, green beans or whatever other vegetables you’ll be using in your holiday meals! Find a list of Arizona Farmers Markets here.

Dedicated Gluten Free Bakery Tucson, AZ

"This will be Dedicated's 5th holiday season serving our community. We feel very fortunate to be able to share delicious food with our fellow Gluten Free people, and offer a lot of dairy free and vegan items as well.  We recognize the strong sense of community that stems from celebrating over food, and are honored to be on the holiday tables in so many homes."

What to Order: Daily offerings for the holidays include Pumpkin Rolls and Gingersnap Cookies. We will also be offering Stuffing Mix, Dinner Rolls, Gravy, Candied Pecans, Eclairs, Cream Puffs, Cheesecake and (of course) PIES! We offer Pumpkin, Pecan and Apple – and are thrilled to announce that this year’s delicious apples come from an organic farm in Safford.

How to Order: Orders can be placed anytime before Monday, November 19th at 5pm by calling us (520-209-2872), emailing us, via Facebook Messenger, or through the online-order feature on our website. Special incentives (free cupcakes!) will be offered for prepaid orders received by Wednesday, November 7th. We will be open regular hours the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, and we will reopen at 3am on Black Friday for your early morning adventures!

Mogollon Moose Bakery Payson, AZ

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“At Mogollon Moose Bakery, we strive to provide people with healthier food options--food that they will feel good about eating. We enjoy connecting with people and helping people connect with each other, through food. We always make our food using wholesome, honest ingredients, the majority of which is sourced locally.”

What to Order: This Thanksgiving’s catering menu features a mouthwatering variety of holiday sides, including oven roasted brussels sprouts (with prosciutto and almonds), oven roasted potatoes, oven roasted root vegetables, southwest quinoa, and quinoa and kale salad (with cranberry, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese). We also offer a variety of breads including, buns, rolls, loaves, buttered croissants as well as cinnamon rolls and babka breads. Our delicious pies come in a number of flavors: cranberry apple, all American apple, country apple streusel, southern bourbon pecan; apple, ginger, and pear; and blackberry, pear, and date. All items can be made gluten free (with our very own gluten free flour blend) upon request.

How to Order: To place your Thanksgiving order, call us at 928-363-4049 or drop by our bakery in Payson!  Please order before November 19th.

Pie SnobPhoenix, AZ

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"Pie Snob is known for amazing #1 Apple crumb pie! Pie Snob bakers work so hard and go the extra mile to put smiles on our customers faces. Our motivation is seeing customers happy the moment they step into our store from the aroma from our fresh baked pies and coffee brewing. Our seasonal Pies are what keep our customers coming back waiting for that smell of Pumpkin pie on their table, waiting for that slice of Pecan and cup of coffee, and even that Apple Pie everyone craves about!"

What to Order: We have 14 pie flavors available November 1-30, including Apple Crumb, Green Chili Apple, Caramel Apple, Caramel Apple Pecan, Pecan, Chocolate pecan, Bourbon Pecan, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Praline, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Chocolate Cream, and Razzleberry.

How to Order: We are sold out of preorder Thanksgiving pies! We will have walk-in pies available November 13-21. Visit our website to place orders for for December and January holidays. For any special order, we need 2-3 days in advance. Questions? Email or call us at 602-956-7662.