The locavore's Thanksgiving shopping list
Ingredients can make or break a meal. Here are our favorites from the West's best farms.
The vigorous outdoor living, and the fact that they grow relatively slow, result in white meat that Timothy describes as a "beautiful soft almond" (versus pasty white). The dark meat is rich, moist, and the color of chocolate. "There's a truthfulness to them that we can taste," he says.
$5.95/lb; taluswindranch.com; order by Oct 31; ships within NM; pickup available in Galisteo, Mountainair, and Santa Fe, NM.
Black Spanish, Bourbon Red, Narragansett, Standard Bronze, and White Holland. From $7.95/lb; Bi-Rite Market, S.F., biritemarket.com; Marin Sun Farms, Oakland, rockridgemarkethall.com.
Near Fresno, CA
Narragansett and Standard Bronze as well as nonheritage turkeys. From $4.99/lb.; Whole Foods Markets in AZ, CA, HI, NV, OR, and WA; for more stores, see marysturkeys.com.
Eastern Plains Natural Foods
Blue Slate. From $5/lb.; Marczyk Fine Foods, Denver, marczykfinefoods.com; In Season Local Markets, Denver and Louisville, CO; for more info, see easternplains.com.
Black Walnut Woolens
Bourbon Red, Narragansett, and Standard Bronze. From $7/lb.; sold only at the farm; blackwalnutwoolens.com.
Their farm, on the coast 95 miles south of San Francisco, has the exact conditions that mushrooms love: cool, moist, and overcast. And the Garrones keep it very, very clean, especially in the incubation rooms; no invasive molds stand a chance. So their meaty shiitakes, delicate tree oysters, and aromatic maitakes are as good as it gets.
From $6/lb.; farwestfungi.com; visit website to order and to find Far West Fungi's farmers' market locations; or stop by the shop in San Francisco's Ferry Building.
Fort Collins, CO
Organic maitakes, shiitakes, nutty cinnamon caps, and more. From $6/lb.; Whole Foods Markets in CO, farmers' markets, and Mon-Fri at farm; hazeldellmushrooms.com.
Chef's Best Foods
Fresh, dried, and grow-your-own mushrooms. Specializes in wild mushrooms such as chantrelle, hedgehog, and lobster. Prices vary; ships in U.S.; chefsbestfoods.com.
So they pick on into December (compared with October in the East and Midwest), flooding their fields and turning them into floating red carpets of berries waiting to be skimmed off the surface. "When we first started harvesting late, people thought we were crazy," Mary says. "But the berries do taste different. It's like a ripe peach versus and partly green peach. There's not any comparison."
$2/lb.; capeblancocranberries.com; ships frozen in U.S.
Vincent Family Canberries
Vine-ripened berries grown on a sustainable farm ½ mile from the Pacific. From $3.50/lb.; farmers' markets and regional Whole Foods Markets; for more stores, see vincentcranberries.com.
And we like its story too: A rare, heirloom potato, it had previously been known only to the Makah Nation on the Olympic Peninsula, who had been growing it there ever since Spanish explorers brought the seeds from South America in 1791. Now, this prized potato can come to your table too.
Price varies; fullcircle.com; Nov-Mar, find at Seattle-area farmers' markets and grocery stores, including Whole Foods Market.
Skull Valley, AZ
In addition to Ozettes, they sell Narragansett turkeys; limited supplies of both. Ozettes $2.50/lb.; from $100/turkey; for farmers' markets, see rabbitrunfarm.blogspot.com.
Little Organic Farm
Potatoes are dry farmed (grown without irrigation) for superior flavor. Supplies limited. $3/lb.; for stores, see thelittleorganicfarm.com.
More than 50 varities. From $0.50/lb.; shipping available; potatogarden.com.
Usually, most farro is pearled, meaning its inedible hulls are removed—along with most of the nutritious bran and often the germ. "We felt it was wrong to go to great lengths to grow it, only to shave off the most nutritious parts," Brooke says. So the preserve the whole grain by dehulling it in a custom-built centrifuge. Pale yellow and finely ground, it gives cookies, cakes, and pies a rustic freshness. And the whole grains are great cooked, risotto-style.
$6.95/2lbs. for milled emmer farro; bluebirdgrainfarms.com; find at regional Whole Foods Markets or order online.
Grains—including hard red winter wheat and hard amber durum—are grown and ground for this label. $1.29/lb.; Berkeley Bowl West, berkeleybowl.com; regional Whole Foods Markets; Surfas Los Angeles, surfaslosangeles.com; for more stores, see communitygrains.com.
Moores' Flour Mill
Oats and multigrain cereals, as well as Montana hard red wheat that's ideal for bread. $7.69/10 lbs.; sold only at the store (closed Sun); 530/241-9245.
Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
Montana hard red wheat, Oregon soft white wheat, and many other flours. From $1.88/1½ lbs.; ships in U.S.; for stores and ordering, see bobsredmill.com.