Eating Local for the Holidays

Submitted by mhoenig on Thu, 11/14/2019 - 15:26

Ink drawing of a Thanksgiving dinner tableLooking to eat local for the holidays?  Local produce might be hard to come by in our corner of the state because this past growing season ended rather abruptly!  But there is still some local produce available if you can find your way to winter farmers markets in other parts of the state - Fairfield, Iowa City and Dubuque are all hosting winter markets this season.  But produce isn't everything, there are plenty of other local food producers in southeast Iowa who have something to offer for your Thanksgiving meal!  Smoked hams, chickens, honey, herbs, cheese and drinks can all be sourced from a local farmer.  Here's a listing of some Southeast Iowa producers who will have products available for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.  

Triple Creek Farms - Sperry

  • Lamb
  • Whole Chickens

Find out more about their products and how to order on their Facebook page or contact them at (206)459-8474. Products can be picked up at the farm or at the Collective Food Hub in Burlington.


Our Yesterday Farm - Mediapolis

  • Ham 
  • Prime Rib
  • Whole beef tenderloins
  • Pork Loin
  • Brisket

Our Yesterday Farms' hams come from purebred Hampshire hogs and are raised in the open air. Both their cattle and hogs are fed non-GMO corn.  They also offer meat bundles if you'd like to stock your freezer. Learn more about the products they offer and how to contact them with an order at , 319-573-8198 or their Facebook page.

Sunny Side Up Ranch - West Burlington

  • Turkey 

The birds raised on this farm are free range and they have had no antibiotics. Freshly harvested turkeys will be available for pick up on Wednesday, November 27th.  Contact Karen or Llyod at (319)316-2554 to reserve your bird.

Our Farm - Wapello

  • smoked 1/2 Hams
  • Whole Chickens
  • a variety of other products - including beef, eggs, & honey

Hams come from pasture-raised Berkshire hogs, and chickens are free-range.  All of their animals are raised without the use of hormones or preventative antibiotics.  Check out their website, to see all of the products that they offer, or visit their Facebook page.

Baked Goods

The Collective Food Hub - Burlington  find baked goods from Stargazer Bakery, and more.  Open Thursdays 4-6, Fridays 9-4 and Saturdays 9-12.

The Flour Barn - Mediapolis  Thanksgiving orders need to be placed by November 18th.


Hinterland Dairy - Donnellson   Fresh cheese curds & quark cheese. Available at their farm store, or at a variety of retail locations listed on their website.


Z's Bees - Burlington

Honey War Bee Company - Burlington

Buzzy's Bee Honey - Danville

Fresh Herbs

Jones Family Farm - Danville  rosemary & thyme, contact through Facebook to order.


Surefire Organics - Wever   available at Fareway in Fort Madison, or message through Facebook to order.

Wine, Mead, Cider & Beer

East Grove Farms - Salem   mead

Parkside Brewing Company - Burlington   beer

Airport Road Vinyard - Mt. Pleasant   wine

Jefferson County Cider Works - Fairfield   cider


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Ink drawing of a Thanksgiving dinner table