The turkey is the star, but it’s only the beginning.
From elevated classics and handmade pies, to stunning harvest centerpieces and decor — Palmer’s Market in Noroton is stocked for Thanksgiving on Nov. 22.
“It’s so nice to just be able to get everything done for the holiday, all in one place,” said Palmer’s Culinary Director, Megan Palmer Rivera.
A new, simple online ordering platform at PalmersDarien.com, is making Thanksgiving prep even easier, allowing customers to place Palmer’s Bakery, Catering and Floral orders in one place.
Still, according to Megan, the biggest source of customer anxiety around Thanksgiving comes from cooking the holiday bird. Staff are ready to help alleviate the stress.
“If you buy a quality turkey, all it needs is salt, pepper and a hot oven,” Megan said. “The turkeys we offer are so juicy, moist and flavorful, it would be almost a sin to stick them in a brine.”
New this year is Mary’s Non-GMO Whole Turkeys, Heritage Birds, and Turkey Breasts. The famous Willie Bird and D’Artagnan’s Organic Turkey are also popular choices.
“Focusing on what the bird eats, how it was treated, all those things just improve the taste,” Megan said. “Happier birds are more delicious birds.”
Palmer’s encourages customers to order a fresh turkey any time on or before Sunday, November 19. Orders can be placed by phone, online, or in-store. There is a $1 reservation fee for online turkey orders.
Sides and sweets
Classic and gourmet Thanksgiving sides abound on the Palmer’s Catering menu.
If you’re looking for recommendations, Megan has suggestions.
If you want to ditch a soggy side, order Palmer’s Apple Sausage & Brioche stuffing — made with buttery brioche, sauteed apples, sausage crumbles and dried cranberries. Yum!
The gourmet take on green bean casserole is another best-seller.
“We make sure our green beans are cooked al dente, so there is a great crunch, and we use four types of wild mushrooms, topped off with our own fried shallots,” Megan said.
“We are also famous for our delicious Turkey gravy; made from scratch, the traditional way. We even offer a gluten free option. It’s probably one of our most popular items at the holiday!”
Pies are the star of any Thanksgiving dessert table.
“The beauty of our pies is that we hand-make, hand-roll and hand-crimp our all butter pie crusts. They’re so delicious that we also sell them frozen for those who want to make pies themselves” Megan said.
A few staples are the Palmer’s Pumpkin Pie, Maple Pecan Pie and Palmer’s Apple Pie — filled with one and a half pounds of local apples and topped with a sugar coated crust.
Holiday-theme cookies, cupcakes and cake pops are always a popular treat and make for a creative Thanksgiving place setting.
“Our floral team has created some beautiful centerpieces,” Megan said.
A November Sun Cornucopia has the traditional woven cornucopia stuffed with sunflowers, roses, apples, chrysanthemums, cattails, wheat and fall leaves. The Gourmet Harvest arrangement is a lower and longer centerpiece option, featuring Dutch hydrangea, orchids, kale, berries, apples, lotus pods, wheat, cattails, rosemary, fall leaves, Italian greens and willow.
Palmer’s Gifts is another easy stop for additional holiday hostess gifts, seasonal decor and more.
“It’s definitely festive around here,” Megan said of the market.
Thanksgiving orders can be placed online at PalmersDarien.com, in store or by phone at 203-655-2077. The deadline for Thanksgiving orders is Sunday, Nov. 18.