Last-Minute Thanksgiving Tips

You are so screwed. It's two days before Thanksgiving and the grocery store is going to be an absolute zoo. And you totally spaced on the green beans/pumpkin pie/copious amounts of liquor. Whoops. But don't freak out just yet. Below is our guide to some of the best locally owned places to stock up while beating the crowds. Just one more reason to give thanks — which is more than you can say about that guy who dented your door in the parking lot at Shaw's.

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- Chase's Daily, 96 Main St., Belfast, (207) 338-0555. You'll be able to find cool-weather vegetables and baked goods at this Belfast favorite, which is part cafe, part indoor farmers market.

- Farmers Fare, (pictured above) Route 90 and Cross Street, Rockport, (207) 236-3273. Grab some pumpkins or squash or say to hell with cooking and plan to come to their Thanksgiving Feast instead.

- LeRoux Kitchen, 161 Commercial St., Portland, (207) 553-7665. Now is not the time to mess around with cheap cookware. Splurge on an All Clad roaster and call it good.

- Megunticook Market, 2 Gould St., Camden, (207) 236-3537. You've never mastered Martha's Pate Brisee, so why mess with it now? Let Lani Temple and her crew at Megunticook Market do the work — the pies here are to die for (and so is the Chex mix).

- Natural Living Center, 209 Longview Dr., Bangor, (207) 990-2646. All you need is another tablespoon of rosemary and some organic broth to make your gravy, and there's no way in hell you're heading to the supercenter for that. Buy spices in bulk — at great prices — and grab other essentials at this favorite Bangor institution.

- Rosemont Market, 88 Congress St., Portland, (207) 773-7888. If we lived in Portland, we'd be at one of the Rosemont markets every day. Pre-Thanksgiving, you should stop in to stock up on produce and baked goods. If you're lucky, they may even have a free-range organic turkey with your name on it.

- SAD 1 Educational Farm Store, 340 State St., Presque Isle, (207) 764-7725. Need produce, fast? This great farm store — affiliated with MSAD 1's technical program — offers that, along with ready-to-bake pies, gourds and cornstalks (just in case you feel like getting all crafty).

- Vic & Whit's, 206 Main St., Saco, (207) 284-6710. The Maven grew up in Saco, and Vic & Whit's was always a great place to stop and grab a sandwich or a soda. These days, the wine selection is to die for — and that's exactly what family gatherings call for.


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