Best Seattle Markets to Find Thanksgiving Ingredients

by | November 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM | Local News

By Sue Gabel, Examiner.com

Once again, Thanksgiving is almost here and it is time to prepare your list of must-have foods and ingredients to create a scrumptious holiday meal. Use this Seattle market guide to find the best ingredients to make your favorite Turkey Day desserts, main courses and fixings, and to buy drinks to go with your meal. Also keep in mind that many of Seattle’s local markets give holiday meal demonstrations that show you how to best prepare your favorite foods. You can check with your favorite marketplace to find out when these demonstrations take place.

The turkey (and other meats)
PCC Natural Markets

2749 California Ave. SW.
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 937-8481

For the best selection of meats for your holiday meal, you can’t go wrong with Seattle’s PCC Natural Markets. There are several locations in the Seattle area and each offers the option to shop in-store or online with a reserved in-store pickup day and time. All meats sold at PCC Natural Markets are raised locally and naturally. Turkeys and hens are selected from organic-feed farms, ensuring them to be low-fat and rich in flavor. Available hams are gluten-free and the beef comes from grass-fed farms only. Additional meats available include lamb, which is also grass-fed, pork that is not genetically modified and Alaskan King or Sockeye salmon fillets.

Green bean casserole with a twist
Whole Foods Market

2001 15th Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 352-5440

Whole Foods Market has three locations in the downtown Seattle area and features locally-grown products, most of which are organic and of the highest all-natural quality. One delicious Thanksgiving recipe that can be made from Whole Foods Market’s fresh ingredients is for the green beans dish. It is made with a blend of crispy bacon, goat cheese and fresh cranberries. This recipe takes your average green bean side dish to a completely new level of delectable taste. This dish is also perfect for those who must stick to a gluten-free or wheat-free diet.

Scrumptious sides
Metropolitan Market

100 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 213-0778

The Metropolitan Market has four Seattle locations and offers a plethora of ingredients for deliciousThanksgiving side dish recipes. Choose from Yukon Gold potatoes to make regular or garlic-flavored mashed potatoes, fresh roasted yams or squash topped with butter and brown sugar, or a roasted sweet potato salad, blended with freshly cut pineapple and cayenne pepper. Additional considerations include stuffing made with sage, celery and onions, cauliflower roasted with basil, oregano and blue cheese, or a wild rice salad accented with cranberries, barley, butternut squash, pecans and maple syrup.

Thanksgiving pies
Grand Central Bakery
 
Pioneer Square
214 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-3644

Seattle’s Grand Central Bakery in Pioneer Square is one of several locations in the Seattle area. This is the best market to pick up already-made Thanksgiving pies or pie crusts. Numerous types of holiday-flavored pies are offered including the most popular choices of pumpkin or apple pie. But they also have specialty pies like the bourbon pecan, apple brandy, maple walnut or marionberry. If you need additional dessert options beyond just pie, the Grand Central Bakery can also accommodate you with a wide selection of freshly baked cookies, cakes, muffins, breads and pastries.

Holiday drinks and ciders
Madison Market

1600 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 329-1545

Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be complete without a holiday-style beverage to accompany your delicious meal. If you’re a fan of hot apple cider, visit the Madison Market for some tasty organic cider that is economically priced. A featured beverage is the Columbia Gorge Organic Apple Cider, which is best-served warm with fresh lemon wedges or a cinnamon stick for natural spicing. The market also features Knudsen’s Organic Sparkling Cider, which comes in a variety of flavors such as grape, cranberry, blueberry and pear.

Local wines and spirits
Sunset Hill Green Market
 
6405 32nd Ave. NW.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-7594

If you’re also interested in drinking healthier this holiday season, consider choosing an organic wine or a specialty brew from a locally-owned producer. Sunset Hill Green Market features Triage Wines, a Washington-based company that offers affordable organic brands of wine that are imported from smaller, family-owned wineries throughout the world. Additionally, the market sells Scuttlebutt beer, based in Everett, Washington. The Amber Ale is one of its best tasting beers by far and was rated highly by both Draft and Seattle magazines.