compiled by Heather Morris

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, what better way to get the freshest, most tasty ingredients and food items than by purchasing at your local farms, markets and specialty shops right here in Carroll County? Whether you need fresh seasonal produce, whole turkeys or sausage for your stuffing, Thanksgiving desserts, or that special ingredient for your secret family recipe, there are a plethora of places to shop right around the corner. And you can feel great about supporting small businesses in your community! The list below is a great start to find what you are looking for. Some items are available directly at the farm or market, or can be found at the Carroll County Farmers’ Market or the Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market, which will both be running the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Turkeys and Other Meats

Baugher’s Orchard & Farm

Westminster | Fresh, farm-raised turkeys can be ordered by calling 410-848-5541 at the beginning of November. Orders are taken until they are sold out, but it is recommended to call as soon as possible and at least one week prior to Thanksgiving. Turkeys can be picked up the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving at the Orchard Market at 1015 Baugher Road.

Bullocks Meat Store

Westminster | Local, fresh, whole turkeys or turkey breasts can be ordered by calling 410-848-6796 the week before Halloween up to the week before Thanksgiving. (Or until they are sold out, so get your order in early!)

Evermore Farm

Westminster | Pasture-raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free meats. Turkeys can be ordered online ($25 deposit) between mid-September and seven days prior to Thanksgiving (or until they are sold out). Pickup at the Farm Store will be the Monday and Tuesday evenings before Thanksgiving Day.

Faithful Friends Farm

Westminster | Fresh, pasture-raised, non-GMO turkeys on sale now until sold out (orders encouraged to be made no later than three weeks prior to Thanksgiving). $25 deposit. Orders can be placed by calling/texting 443-889-6000 or through their Facebook page (@faithfulfriendsfarm).

K.L. Lemmon & Son

Manchester | Locally grown, free-range, fresh turkeys can be ordered starting in September through one week before Thanksgiving through the online order form or 410-374-3133/ Pickup is the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Local Homestead Products

New Windsor | Pasture-raised meats, including fresh, antibiotic and hormone-free Thanksgiving turkeys. Turkeys available for pre-order Oct. 1 and up to two weeks prior to Thanksgiving. Orders can be picked up the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Rare Hold Farmhome

Taneytown | Pasture-raised pork (sausage for your stuffing), chicken, beef (coming soon). All meats are frozen, so they can be purchased any time at the Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market. If ordering direct, please allow two-three weeks.

The Stafford Farms

Sykesville | Farm-raised, fresh, natural-fed turkeys. Orders are being taken now up to about one week before Thanksgiving by calling 443-277-5308. Pick up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Whispering Breeze Farm

Taneytown | Beef, pork, chicken and fresh, farm-raised, pastured whole turkeys. Year-round, frozen turkey breasts, legs, ground turkey, and wings are also available for purchase. Online orders ($25 deposit) run through the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, depending on availability. Pickups will be the weekend before Thanksgiving through Wednesday, Nov. 23.


Chestnut Creek Farm

Westminster | Pumpkin, apples, seasonal vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, and winter squash. Carroll County Farmers’ Market or contact for appointment to pick up direct from farm.

Clayton Farms

Hampstead | Corn, squash, potatoes, etc. Part of the Chesapeake Farm to Table food hub to order online. Can also order one week in advance and pick up at Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market.

Echo Valley Farm

Hampstead | Squash, root vegetables, herbs, beets. Contact in advance to see what is available for pickup at the farm.

Finksburg Farms

Finksburg | Nutrient-rich microgreens can be added to any salad or stuffing and comes in several varieties for endless recipes. Also great on sandwiches — think turkey leftovers! Order online or pick up at the Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market.

Lehigh View Farm

Union Bridge | Sweet potatoes, acorn squash, butternut squash, pumpkins, onions, potatoes, kale, etc. Apples and apple cider through their partnership with Catoctin Mountain Orchards. Available at the Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market. If ordering from the farm, please contact at least one week in advance for an appointment.

Local Homestead Products

New Windsor | Year-round produce, dairy, bread, eggs, baked goods, jams and honey sold at their Market Farm.

Shepherd’s Manor Creamery

New Windsor | Sheep’s milk cheeses and ewe cream in several different flavors. Cranberry horseradish ewe cream is perfect paired with turkey, and the herbed ewe cream adds a savory flavor to your veggies and potatoes. Products can be ordered for pickup by appointment or at the Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market.

The Stafford Farms

Sykesville | Fresh, local dairy and produce such as potatoes and fall squash. Preorder at least one week in advance to pick up at the farm or available at the Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market.

Tomatoes, Etc.

Westminster | Tomatoes, potatoes, winter squash, pumpkin and other produce for all of your Thanksgiving produce needs. Contact for availability at their farm or visit at the Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market.

Whispering Breeze Farm

Taneytown | Year-round cheeses as well as seasonal cheese such as apple cinnamon, cranberry wine, pumpkin spice, spiced apple wine.

Wike Family Farms

Hampstead| Potatoes, fall squashes, low-carb potato squash. Roadside stand near Coppermine 4 Seasons.


A Bite of Heaven

Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market | Pies, pound cakes, cookies with gluten-free and vegan options. Delivery and pick-up options available — allow two-three weeks for orders.


Carroll County Farmers’ Market | Cakes, jams, baked goods.

Baugher’s Orchard & Farm

Westminster | A large assortment of pies, including pumpkin, apple, and cherry and sugar-free options. Pumpkin rolls and other desserts, apple cider, as well as dinner rolls are also available. Orders must be placed by the Sunday before Thanksgiving, online or by calling 410-848-5313. Pickups are all done at the Orchard Market at 1015 Baugher Road.

Bee Haven

Eldersburg | Local honey. Please contact at least one day in advance to order and schedule pick-up.

Bertucco’s Bakery

Hampstead | A variety of pies, yule log cakes, pumpkin rolls and other pumpkin-flavored desserts. Orders can be taken up to four-five days before Thanksgiving in person or by calling 410-374-2500.

Bold Love Bakery

Mt. Airy | A variety of apple or berry pies, hand pies, scones, cookies, etc. Please order at least one week in advance for Thanksgiving. On Facebook @boldlovefarms

Daisy Hill Farm

Carroll County Farmers’ Market | Baked goods, cakes, muffins, cookies available.

Ginger’s Jams & More

Hampstead | Cakes, hand pies, jams, etc. Can order two days in advance.

Henry Ditman

Carroll County Farmers’ Market | Cranberry, elderberry, black currant and other varieties of homemade jelly.

Nelson’s Apiaries

Local honey, which can be a great substitute for sugar in your Thanksgiving and holiday desserts. Carroll County Farmers’ Market.

Rare Opportunity Bakehouse

Westminster | Specialty cookies, pumpkin scones, mini tarts, and stuffing muffins. They will also be carrying cranberry raspberry preserves, which is great for making cranberry sauce. Sign up online to receive the Thanksgiving Menu via email. Pre-orders are recommended 10 days prior to Thanksgiving by calling 410-598-9409 or stopping by in person.

Snickerdoodles Bakery & Coffeehouse

Hampstead | Seasonal desserts, including pies, jumbo pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips, and their special cornucopia crunch cones (pumpkin and other seasonally-flavored cream cheese filled waffle cones). Potato casserole is also a Thanksgiving favorite. Please call one-two weeks before Thanksgiving to place your order by calling 443-508-2143 or stopping by in person.

Starry Night Bakery

Westminster | Several holiday-themed desserts including specialty cupcakes with fall flavors, decorated cookie kits, cheesecakes, and dessert trays. An assortment of pies such as pumpkin, apple, cherry, and “snozberry.” Orders are taken one month prior to Thanksgiving and are encouraged to be placed at least one week in advance online or by calling 410-871-9131.

Sugar Kiss

Carroll County Farmers’ Market | Freezer-friendly cakes, cookies, barks and other desserts. Can order three-five days in advance.

Specialty Items

Dmitri’s Olive Farm

Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market | Olive oil, vinegar, olives, tapenades and dips. Available online.

Firehouse Creamery

Sykesville | Food market featuring several locally sourced items (ex: South Mountain Creamery, Wagner’s Meats, Baugher’s, Whispering Breeze Farm) such as pies, breads, seasonal ice cream, frozen meats, cheeses, milk, eggs, apple cider, etc.

Hood’s Woods

Westminster | Several sweet or savory dip mixes, including seasonal mixes such as pumpkin pie and gingerbread dip, bread and cornbread mixes, and mustard mix which pairs well with ham. Order one week in advance if possible. Also sold at the Carroll County Farmers’ Market and stores throughout Carroll County including the Maryland Store.

MJ’s Café & Bakery

Manchester | Artisan breads and pastries, dinner rolls, salads and other items. Available at the Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market or order one week in advance from the café, 410-239-8882. Facebook at @mjscafebakery

My Gurl & Me

Westminster | Dry brines and rubs, over 100 seasonings, poultry blends, baking and mulling spices. Salt-free options available with custom orders. Pick up at the Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market. Delivery and local pickup options are also available with at least one week’s advance notice.

The Elderberry Cabin

Keymar | Elderberry syrup, which is great to use in recipes for cocktails, teas, desserts, etc. Available at the Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market and other local stores such as Hahn’s Pork & Beans and Local Homestead. Or order online.

The Tea in Me

Westminster | Specialty loose teas with several savory options perfect for pairing with your Thanksgiving dessert. Visit their store at the TownMall of Westminster or at the Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market.


A free holiday meal is served at The Shepherd’s Staff’s Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, which is held on Thanksgiving Day at St. John Roman Catholic Church in Westminster. All items are donated by local restaurants and the community.

The following donations can be dropped off at the Church Portico (43 Monroe St.) on Wednesday, Nov. 23 between 3-7 p.m.: Butter, onions (bag), celery, apples, oranges, sandwich bags, paper towels, 50-gallon trash bags, wrapped candy, store-bought cookies or brownies.

For more information: The Shepherd’s Staff at 410-857-5944

While we do our best to include all of the fabulous businesses in Carroll County, this list is not all-encompassing and there are many other great places to shop locally.