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Celebrate the Tastes of Home

Dec 12, 2013 09:48AM ● By Erin Frisch

The Holidays are all about family and friends and let's face it...Food. Buying Local meats this Holiday season is just one way to shower your family and friends with the tastes of home. Here are 3 local spots where you can buy great products for your holiday dinner table.

• Green Mountain Smokehouse. A small operation in Windsor, Vermont, this family-run business is the perfect place to pick up a last-minute main course before the in-laws arrive. Meat is smoked on site by the owner, who along with his family is extraordinarily friendly and helpful. For an easy family dinner during the hectic holiday season, pick up a package of sausages and another of Harpoon beer-infused bratwursts. Green Mountain Smokehouse makes cooking a delicious dinner a cinch. And while you’re at it, snag a package of breakfast sausage links for post-Christmas brunch!

• Garfield’s Smokehouse. Go ham at Garfield’s! Just up Main Street in Meriden, New Hampshire, Garfield’s Smokehouse has been smoking meats and cheeses for nearly three decades. This is the place to buy your classic Christmas ham. Garfield’s uses a slow-smoking process original to New England that ensures a deep, rich taste by using cobs and hardwood. Whole, boneless hams are fully cooked, so all you have to do is turn the oven to 350 degrees and heat up this delectable main course. And while the ham is warming, serve your guests some Garfield smoked Gouda and cheddar, namesake favorites for all residents of Meriden.

• Bailey Farms. Thanksgiving may be over, but that’s no reason not to bring back the joy of a roasted turkey. This idyllic farm just off Lyme Center in Lyme, New Hampshire, will provide all your turkey needs this winter. Offering whole turkeys and turkey eggs, you can get your protein fix here. Don’t forget Bailey Farms when the next Thanksgiving comes around!

Many of these farms also sell their products at multiple distributors in the area, so buying organic, sustainable meat is as easy as visiting your grocery store. Or you can raise your own meat like our family did and get a freezer packed full of bacon, ham hocks, and sausage! Buying local is the best way to get the real taste of home-cooked goodness this holiday season.

What will you be serving this Holiday?

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