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""This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), written by Program Coordinator Julia Grimaldi.

Massachusetts has a special relationship to Thanksgiving — the first feast was celebrated by early American settlers in 1621 at the Plymouth Plantation after a successful growing season. November is often referred to as the harvest season, the time when you reap what you sow. You will find many summer farmers’ markets move indoors around this time of year, which helps keep our kitchens full of local food all year long. Massachusetts boasts more than 40 winter farmers’ markets, and many have already opened.

All of your favorite Thanksgiving staples, including the centerpiece — turkey — are available from a nearby farm. To make your holiday grocery shopping even easier, there are special Thanksgiving farmers’ markets opening throughout the Commonwealth. Whether you are cooking for two or 20, you’ll likely find all you need for this celebratory meal, which traditionally showcases seasonal crops like winter squash, potatoes, cranberries, and hearty greens. Fill out your table with baked goods, fresh dairy products and even local wine.

Here is a sampling of Thanksgiving farmers’ markets & festivals happening across the state:

Support Massachusetts farmers and buy local this Thanksgiving!

For more fall fun, check out MDAR’s pumpkin picking blog, and tweet us photos of your family’s feast @MassGov.

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