Here to Make Your Holiday Easier
By Kelly Morris
November. Each year, as the leaves begin to fall, the evenings start to come a little sooner and the air becomes crisp, I ask that age-old question. How is it November already? But instead of dwelling on how November hit me (us, everyone) like a ton of bricks, I choose to look ahead. Look ahead to all the glorious food I’ll soon be consuming because…Thanksgiving is upon us, folks.
I have it pretty good. I don’t host and on the following Friday, I feast again with an entirely new group of people that I love dearly. But, no matter how easy-breezy our hosts make hosting look, and no matter how much shopping, preparation and cooking help is lent, hosting Thanksgiving can still be stressful.
Why not take as many steps as possible so that you, too, can feel relaxed, delighted and full without that pressure monster creeping up. Try setting the tone to suit your style. This includes decorations, table settings, buffet versus family-style, dishware and even the food and beverage choices on your menu. Set the table a few days ahead of time. Task individuals with specific dishes to prepare. Make sure you have all of you servers out, clean and assigned to a dish. Cook as much as possible ahead of time. And, most importantly, remember that Thanksgiving is about the people.
But what if you’re not huge on cooking? Are you looking to take a few dishes off your list but don’t want to ask your guests? Buy the dishes ahead of time. Perhaps ones made locally from sustainably sourced meat and vegetables. I happen to know just the place.
Willowsford Farm and Willowsford Kitchen are back at it this year with prepared foods and holiday *turkeys for pre-order. Yes, that’s right. You can order salad, soup, stew, mashers, mashers of the sweet variety, roasted Brussels sprouts, gratins, pies, sweet breads (to name a few), and new this year…GRAVY!
That’s right. Gravy.
Orders can be placed in person at the Farm Stand or on the Online Store. Pre-order deadline is 11:59 PM on Tuesday, November 14th with pickup on Tuesday, November 21st from 3 to 7 PM at the Farm Stand. Check out the Menu and Order Details here. All holiday menu items have a limit so make sure to place your order soon!
The November 21st market is the Farm’s annual Holiday Market where you can: pick up your pre-orders and shop for potatoes, cranberries, celery, carrots, herbs, milk, ice cream and many more holiday necessities. There will also be a small selection of menu items for sale, day-of. But when they’re out—they’re out. I’ll be the one gunning for that Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie.
Wishing you a happy, delicious and easy-breezy Thanksgiving!
*Turkeys form Day Spring Farm are organic, pasture-raised, with soy free feed.
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