Thanksgiving Cooking: Get Side Dish Ingredients at Farmers’ Markets

by November 17, 2011 at 11:19 pm 1,334 0

Alejandra Owens, Thanksgiving, farmers markets

What’s Thanksgiving without green beans? (Alejandra Owens)

Saturdays: 14 and U Farmers’ Market 9 am to 1 pm… Sundays: Dupont Farmers’s Market 8:30 am to 1 pm. The 14 and U Farmers’ Market closes for the season after November 19.

From Alejandra Owens. You can find her on Twitter at @frijolita or at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Email her at [email protected]

This is your last weekend before Thanksgiving to hit the markets. Don’t panic. It’s time to make a list. Check it twice. Because if I’ve learned anything about cooking it’s that it is better to have more than less when you’re diving into making a big meal.

You can take care of all your Thanksgiving sides at the markets and if you’re at a loss, here’s a list of what you can pick up:

sweet potatoes potatoes green beans/pole beans
cabbage kale spinach
lettuces/arugula scallions brussel sprouts
collards turnips daikons
beets cauliflower fennel
pears apples onions
broccoli mushrooms butternut/acorn/winter squash

Ask Alejandra: Got questions about Thanksgiving dishes? Email me at [email protected] or ask me on Twitter — I’m here to help! I’m @frijolita.

Basics like farm fresh eggs, cheese and delicious cured meats from Red Apron should all be on your list if you’re a guest and not hosting. Who doesn’t love a smear of fresh ricotta with a round of salumi on top?!


For desserts you need to make a stop at 14th & U Street. Whisked! will have pumpkin pie, pumpkin chocolate swirl pie, apple pie, pumpkin cranberry loaf, and pumpkin coffee cake. But you’ll need to arrive early, so set your alarms. You’ll also find pumpkin whoopie pie, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin bread, pecan pie at Pecan Meadow.

Don’t Forget Flowers!

If you’re not hosting dinner this year, be a gracious guest! Pick up a beautiful bouquet of flowers for your host or hostess and score big points!


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