November marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, but not just for gifting! Thanksgiving is, of course, a holiday for feasting and a great time to shop at locally-owned grocers and retailers for the freshest foods to serve at your holiday table. Whether you plan on gathering as a whole family or choose to keep it on the smaller side, fill your dinner table with goodies from local businesses this Thanksgiving.
Wine, Beer, and Spirits:
Toast the holidays with wine, beer, and spirits made with locally grown ingredients. Indulge in cold-hardy variety wines from Staller Estate Winery in Delavan, sip on fruity ciders from Apple Barn Orchard and Winery in Elkhorn, or pick up pear ciders from AEppletroew Winery in Burlington. For a wider variety of regional and international wines, check out The Bottle Shop in Lake Geneva and Northleaf Winery in Milton. If craft beer is more your style, pick up Silos (aka Crowlers) from Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company featuring ingredients from local farmers. East Troy Brewery also offers Crowlers to-go to wow your guests with local brews. Don’t forget to stock up on spirits from Geneva Lake Distilling and Studio Winery to craft your after-dinner cocktails.
Cheeses and Charcuterie
No Wisconsin holiday is complete without a cheeseboard. Stop into The Cheese Box in Lake Geneva for an award-winning selection of Wisconsin meats and cheeses as well as various accouterments. Skip the fuss and order premade party platters from Jones Market or a charcuterie board to pair with your wine from Staller Estate Winery.
Digging into the Thanksgiving Dinner is something many look forward to all year long. Delight your tastebuds this year with a spread of delicious dishes made with local ingredients. Pick up organic mushrooms for your green bean casserole from River Valley Ranch, cider baked hams from The Elegant Farmer, turkeys from Lake Geneva Country Meats, steaks and butcher cuts from Wilson Farm Meats, smoked trout from Rushing Waters Fisheries, and a variety of dips, mixes, and marinades from Lake Geneva Cannery.
What would Thanksgiving be without the pie? There are so many yummy options to choose from here in Walworth County. Love apple pie? Pick up a famous apple pie baked in a paper bag from Elegant Farmer. Strawberry rhubarb calling your name? Lake Geneva Cannery has one with your name on it! And who could forget everyone’s favorite, pumpkin pie? Pre-order yours for pickup from Lake Geneva Pie Company. Not a pie person? Indulge in fresh apple cider donuts from Royal Oak Farm Orchard to finish off your family dinner.
Add some festive decor to your dining room this Thanksgiving. Gather around the perfect tablescape with serveware, linens, and decoration from Cornerstone Shop and Gallery. Fill your home with cozy fall scents with candles, wax melts, and reed diffusers from The Candle Mercantile. Before turkey day, craft personalized serving trays and home decor with DIY projects from Nailed It DIY Studio in Elkhorn.