Preparing for Thanksgiving in Northern Michigan? Here are the must-haves for your holiday table from three local markets in Traverse City, Petoskey and Frankfort. From cranberry sage sausage stuffing to gouda mac ‘n’ cheese, this will be your tastiest Northern Michigan holiday yet!

Lynn & Perin Mercantile Co.

433 Main St., Frankfort

This market on Main and the corner of Fifth Street has a huge selection of sauces and salsas for dipping on your Northern Michigan Thanksgiving. That being said, co-owner Chris Mekas’ favorite right now is Benjamin Twiggs’ Blazing Red Hot Cherry Salsa with both jalapeño and habanero peppers. For a post-dinner beverage by the fireplace, Chris recommends the Michigan-made Round Barn cream wines (like a cream liqueur but made with wine): Black Walnut (available year-round), Salted Caramel (fall) and Mint Chocolate (winter). Sip them chilled, on the rocks or in coffee and cocoa.

Dips and jams at Lynn & Perin Mercantile Co.

Related Read: Searching for more delicious dishes, local restaurants and shops? View our Northern Michigan Food & Drink page.

Burritt’s Fresh Markets

509 W. Front. St., Traverse City

At this Front Street stalwart, you’re going to want to pick up two items: the house-made cranberry sage sausage stuffing and the tipsy gravy (it’s got a touch of white wine). General Manager and Co-Owner Jake Kaberle tells us both are customer favorites year after year. And if you’re looking for wine, cider or beer, the beverage department here is fantastic. Wine & Beverage Manager Shawn Harvey can pair anything—like Left Foot Charley Cinnamon Girl cider with a bowl of Moomer’s vanilla ice cream and Food for Thought’s Great Lakes pear preserves!

Burritt’s Fresh Markets in Traverse City

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Toski Sands Market & Wine Shop

2294 Petoskey Harbor Springs Rd. (M-119), Petoskey

Toski Sands offers a savory assortment of prepared foods: chicken pot pie, lasagna, gouda mac ‘n’ cheese and more. While you’re doing your Thanksgiving shopping, pick up one of this ready-to-heat entrées as an easy meal for the night before T-day. Also, look for the frozen baked brie with toppings like prosciutto pesto and peach chutney with pecans—it’s a party pleaser. Finish up in the new 1,100-square-foot wine room featuring more than 800 varieties.

Toski Sands Market & Wine Shop

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Photo(s) by Allison Jarrell