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A Very South Coast Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving turkeys

We  are so grateful to live in a place where we know where our food comes from, where we can put a face and name to our farmers (and vintners) and where we can actually visit the farms. Check out some of the places that can help make your Thanksgiving plate shine with South Coast goodness.

Copicut Farms, Dartmouth — In addition to their chicken, pork and eggs, Beth & Vince Frary raise turkeys for Thanksgiving. The turkeys are just a day old when they arrive at Copicut Farms and they become very attached to the Frarys. Check them out here having a conversation with Beth. It may be too late to order a turkey for this year, but you can always let them know if you want to order one for next Thanksgiving by emailing [email protected]

Lees Market, Westport  — We love an independent market that stresses local products. Lees is that place. When we have to find a macomber turnip for our turnip hash, we know they’ll have it. (Click here to read about our unexpected introduction to this special Westport turnip.)

Sid Wainer & Son, New Bedford — Everyone knows Sid Wainer & Son stands for great produce. Its New Bedford gourmet outlet store is a great place to pick up your vegetables. But it’s also a place for inspiration where home cooks can learn about new ingredients and enjoy cooking demonstrations. Pick up their special white truffle butter (as seen in “Stocked,” in the 2016 edition) and use it to glaze your turkey a la The Barefoot Contessa (recipe here).

img_0508-1Travessia Urban Winery, New Bedford — Marco Montez has created a wine which totally represents the celebration of a fresh harvest — perfect for Thanksgiving. His Fresh Vidal Blanc is made from grapes picked a few weeks ago in Dartmouth by Montez and his wine club members. It has been fermenting for a few weeks but it hasn’t yet been filtered and finished (so there’s no added sulfites). Available for only a few short weeks in November, Montez pours it straight from the tank right in front of you. Shortly after Thanksgiving, Montez will begin the next stage of the formal winemaking process for the vidal blanc so you’ll no longer be able to get it this way. He’ll be open the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to give folks a chance to get their holiday wines (see here for his usual hours).

 

Version 2Stone Bridge Farm, Acushnet — You can hardly go a mile on the South Coast without seeing a cranberry bog so finding local cranberries is a breeze. This year, we found ours at Stone Bridge Farm because we love their cute little farm stand. We’re looking forward to checking out their Saturday markets next summer which feature live music on that sweet porch.

To all of our South Coast farmers after a busy season, we hope someone else is cooking a tremendous and delicious feast for you on Thursday.

If you have a special local treat on your Thanksgiving table, let us know in the comment section!

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Oh my! Pie!

I remember going blueberry picking in Wareham and Carver with my grandmother and cousins when I was a kid. We’d come home with buckets filled with blueberries. My grandmother would wash and then freeze most of them. Then she’d make at least one pie for us to eat that night. I sat at the kitchen table and watched her. She mixed some butter, flour and water together and, without any fuss, the crust was made. It was magical.  Also magical was eating her blueberry pie all winter long, and remembering that we had picked the fruit on a sunny summer day.

After many years of practice, I can finally make a pie crust. It’s not simple and effortless like it was for my grandmother. It requires careful reading of a recipe, butter and lard, a food processor and vodka, time resting in the fridge and time wrestling with a rolling pin. (You can find the recipe I use here.)

Sometimes I simply decide to buy my Thanksgiving pies but I still expect it to taste like homemade. If you have similarly high standards for your pies, we’ve rounded up a few places to get your pie on the South Coast. Our selection criteria was pretty tough: we wanted homemade pies from scratch that’d make you think of your grandmother (assuming your grandmother is a talented baker!). Here’s the lineup:

Artisan Bake Shop, Rochester. Artisan Bake Shop has been baking Thanksgiving pies by scratch for eleven years. Just like my grandmother, Meredith Rousseau makes a simple crust (all butter and flour with a little salt, sugar and ice water), then she rolls out and flutes all the pies by hand. Her signature pie — which she makes only twice a year at Thanksgiving and Christmas — is a Cuban-inspired Cazuela Pie which features pumpkin, sweet potato and coconut milk. She also makes the traditional pies (apple, blueberry, apple-cranberry, custard, classic southern pecan, double chocolate pecan) and gluten free pies. After making thousands of Thanksgiving pies over the years, she still loves making them and treats herself to a breakfast of custard pie on Thanksgiving morning. 2017 Update: order by November 18 at 2 pm by calling 508-763-4905 or emailing [email protected]

Wilhelmena’s Catering, Little Compton. Wilma’s got a large pile of pumpkins staring her in the face this week because she uses fresh local pumpkins from South Coast farms in her Thanksgiving pies. She also uses local apples and whatever else she can source locally. Wilma makes the dough, peels the apple, bakes the pumpkins all by hand. She’s been brightening Thanksgiving for people with her from-scratch pies for eighteen years. Customers drive from as far away as Providence and Dartmouth to eat up them up. Her varieties: apple, pumpkin, blueberry, bourbon orange pecan and traditional mince pies. 2017 Update: Order by November 15 by calling 401-635-2003 or emailing [email protected]

Lees Market, Westport. One of our favorite local markets also makes pies in house with a crust made from scratch! They’ve got a whole lot of varieties (apple, peach, cherry, blueberry, pumpkin, maple pumpkin streusel, chocolate cream, banana cream and coconut cream). 2017 Update: Order by November November 17 by calling 508-636-3348 and asking for the Starfish Bakery.

Flour Girls Baking Company, Fairhaven. Owner Jill Houck says, “there really is nothing better than a scratch made pie. We are meticulous about our crust and make sure it’s perfectly flaky every time.” She makes an all-butter crust and uses local fruit whenever possible. You can choose from apple, apple cranberry, maple pumpkin, southern bourbon pecan and chocolate pecan pies. 2017 Update: Order by November 20 by calling 774-202-5884 or emailing  [email protected]

Black Goose Cafe, Tiverton. Diana Lambrenos has been making homemade Thanksgiving pies since her family opened the Black Goose Cafe ten years ago. Diana uses a frozen, unbaked crust for the bottom layer but makes a unique and homemade cookie-like crust for the top that her customers love. It’s a family recipe and, fittingly, her family helps out with the pie production — her father and nieces will be with her making around 100 pies. 2017 Update: Order by November 19 by calling the Black Goose at 401-816-0882.

Enjoy!

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