Bring a little local something

Yonder Farms pie


So you're invited to Thanksgiving dinner and you're going to bring something-- because that's the way your mother brought you up.

If you want to bring something with a little local flavor, here are a few ideas. If you have some other favorites, we'd love to hear them.

Farm Fresh Pie
Frankly we could skip the turkey and go right for the pie. Why get something frozen with all the awesome farm fresh options in the Capital Region. Some of our favorites? Lakeside Farms and Yonder Farms.

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The frankencake at Cheesecake Machismo is great at parties. Pick your favorite flavors and they'll put a whole cheesecake together out of 12 different slices. The slices are big so it's easy to share. 293 Hamilton St. $35

Anything from Crisan
Our favorite Lark Street bakery has a Thanksgiving menu. You can special order pies, cakes, cookies, strudels, breads, baked fruits and all kinds of other yummy stuff. The catch is that you've got to have your order in by this Sunday (11/22).

Local Wine
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We tasted this Hudson River Red a few weeks ago at Capital Wine on Lark Street and picked up a couple of bottles to take home ($11.99 at Capital). It's a nice, drinkable table wine from the Hudson Chatham Winery in Ghent. You can find it at a number of local shops including Capital, The Schenectady Greenmarket, For the Love of Wine at Crossgates. Here's a list of a few others.

Apple Vodka
Core vodka is also made in Columbia County. Harvest Spirits started making their vodka about a year ago, from apples -- so it's autumnal and everything. You can find it at Capital Wine, All-Star and Empire Wine. Here's a list of other places you can find it. The 375 ml bottle goes for around 21.97.

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Sure, we know technically they're for Christmas but the peppermint pigs at are available now at Saratoga Sweets. Why wait? The peppermint hard candy is a nice way to end a big meal and a fun conversation starter.

Okay, your turn.


Don't forget the fresh-baked pies from Sherry's Kitchen on Central in Colonie. She usually has 73 varieties (in 3 sizes) but has limited the menu to 37 choices for the holiday.

Before heading out of town for the holidays I get a few jars of honey from the Center Square Honey folks. Love it!

It's been awhile since I had one, but Debbie of Debbie's Kitchen makes some killer pies.

My family always asks me to bring home Cider Donuts!

I am compelled to point out it should read "We'd love to 'hear' them."

Editors: Fixed. Thanks.

My mother always requested that I bring one of those tarts sold at the Troy Farmers market (and also at the Honest Weight co-op). It doesn't matter if it is a holiday or not - I have to bring one of those. My favorites are the peach-rasberry and the chocolate.

Oh man, I love those tarts. The chocolate one is sublime. I didn't know the sold them at Honest Weight as well.

A great way to show affection for gluten free family and/or friends: anything from Sherry Lynn's Gluten Free in Latham. Bread, rolls, cookies, pizza,'s all tasty and feels so good to eat. Even people who aren't gluten free will enjoy their food.

Address: 836 Troy-Schenectady road (Rte.7), Latham, NY 12110
Phone: 518-786-7700

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