Holiday Food

Cranberry Walnut Lemon Scones

These simple and delicious scones make a perfect addition to your holiday spread, whether you’re enjoying them with your Thanksgiving dinner or for breakfast with your guests the next morning. They combine a handful of ingredients that you’ll find in the weekly sale from November 1st – 7th, so it’s a great time to whip up a test batch and stock up the ingredients you’ll need as Thanksgiving approaches. 

The Localvore’s Holiday Pantry

Looking to stock up your pantry with holiday staples from local farmers and producers? Here’s a handy guide to the local offerings by department:


The produce department is bursting with holiday staples from local farms including plenty of winter squash, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, beets, turnips, rutabagas, apples, apple cider, cabbage, cranberries, and winter greens like kale and spinach. The local farms we have to thank for this abundance include Golden Russet, Elmer Farm, Four Pillars Farm, Burnt Rock Farm, New Leaf Organics, Harlow Farm, Champlain Orchards, Sunrise Orchard, and Vermont Cranberry Company.


In Bulk, you’ll find lots of local items to meet your holiday baking needs including whole wheat flours, all-purpose flours, bread flours, pastry flours, and cornmeal thanks to Gleason Grains, King Arthur Flour, and Nitty Gritty Grains. You’ll also find local maple syrup from Hillsboro Sugarworks and honey from Singing Cedars Apiaries & However Wild.


The grocery department is well stocked with local holiday favorites including packaged flours from King Arthur Flour; Olivia’s stuffing mixes; maple syrup from Hillsboro Sugarworks, Werner’s, & Shaker Maple Farm, honey from Lemon Fair Honeyworks, Singing Cedars, Champlain Valley Apiaries, However Wild Farm, and Ariel’s Honey Infusions; maple sugar from Little Hogback Farm; pastry crusts from Krin’s Bakery and Kiss Tart; pepper jelly from Jed’s; and an abundant selection of jams, preserves, and chutneys from Blake Hill Preserves.

Cheese & Dairy:

Our cheese case boasts over 100 different local cheese options for your holiday cheese platters! The dairy case offers milk & heavy cream from Monument Farms, Strafford Organic Creamery, and Kimball Brook Farm. Vermont Creamery & Kimball Brook Farm have creamy, delicious local butter. You can also find Vermont Creamery’s mascarpone and creme fraiche, plus there are plenty of eggs from a number of local farms. Also, be sure not to miss the local eggnog from Strafford – it’s a staff favorite!

Deli & Bakery:

An abundance of breads and rolls come to us from Red Hen, The Bakery, The Manghis’, O Bread, La Panciata, & Klinger’s. You’ll also find stuffing mix from La Panciata, along with a gluten-free stuffing from West Meadow Farm Bakery. If it’s pies you’re craving, our bakery offers fresh house-made pies, plus local pies from Krin’s Bakery, Champlain Orchards, and Red Door Bakery.

Champlain Orchards Apple Pie. Photo by S.P. Reid

Brisket & Potato Kugel

This hearty meat and potato casserole makes a perfect meal for your Hanukkah gathering. It can be made well in advance to allow you to spend more time with your holiday guests and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. It’s also budget-friendly, as many of the ingredients are featured in our weekly sale from December 14th – 20th.

Triple Crème & Pear Crostini

Champlain Valley Creamery’s Organic Champlain Triple is a beautiful soft ripened triple crème with a bloomy white rind.  It has a rich, creamy interior flavor that is offset by a delicious earthy rind with hints of mushroom. It’s featured in our weekly sale this week, along with organic red pears and Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps. This recipe brings these three components together for a simple, delicious, sweet & savory appetizer perfect for holiday parties!