This year, keep it local At these east end spots
Make your Thanksgiving plans early and often this year, with a trip to some of the South Fork’s most notable food stores, farmstands, and wineries. If you’re hoping to curate a holiday meal that boasts all that is good and local out East, consider these five stellar spots.
All the Veggies
Looking for the best tubers in town? Look no further than Amagansett’s Balsam Farms, which remains open until right before the Thanksgiving holiday. There, you can find your potatoes for mashing, your sweet potatoes for roasting, and even your Brussels sprouts for caramelizing. The store also offers delivery, in case you find that you’re too buried in bird-related prepping to get out to the actual store. Delivery items can be ordered online.
A South Fork Tradition
The iconic clam pie is a South Fork tradition, and you can bring it to your holiday table this year. Find this local delicacy, which is made with potatoes, fresh clams, and a flaky crust, from Stuart’s Seafood Market, in Amagansett. The pies are among Stuart’s most popular items, and they are not always available, so make sure to call in advance to find out how to secure yours. Then serve it alongside your turkey and stuffing for a Thanksgiving delight that will blow friends and family away.
A Local Bird
Beginning at the end of summer, Mecox Bay Dairy, Bridgehampton’s iconic cheese maker, offers Thanksgiving turkeys for pre-order. Turkeys can be ordered online with a deposit and can be picked up at the Farm Store on Tuesday, November 23 or Wednesday, November 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The farm-fresh, pasture raised turkeys can be ordered in 15- to 28-pound birds (Mecox will attempt to find a turkey within 2 pounds of the requested weight range, and recommends 1.5 to 2 pounds of turkey per person). Cancellations made before Friday, November 12 are fully refundable, and cancellations made after that date are subject to the full $50 deposit.
Drinks for Everyone
Long the South Fork favorite when it comes to the pink stuff, Sagaponack’s Wölffer Estate Vineyard produces far more than rosé. Start your meal with the Noblesse Oblige sparkling rosé (the winery has recently released a non-alcoholic iteration, called Spring in a Bottle), follow it with the floral, aromatic Grapes of Roth Virgin Berry Riesling (or the Verjus, if you’re avoiding alcohol), and finish the meal with one of the winery’s rich reds, like the Christian’s Cuvée Merlot. Wines can be ordered online or picked up at the winery’s store. Not a wine drinker? Wölffer also produces a stunning, rosé-pink gin. Salud!
Don’t Forget the Pie
Carissa’s Bakery, in East Hampton, is home to a host of homemade confections, from spun sorbet to frosted cakes to bouchon. At Thanksgiving, the bakery embraces the virtues of the good old American pie, with a selection that’s sure to make mouths water. Choose between seasonal fruit pies, specialty pies, and even meringue-topped pies so whimsical that they appear to come right from the pages of a Dr. Seuss book. Due to increasing demand, you’ll want to order these ahead of time. Available selections are posted for pre-order on the bakery’s website.