We’ve got a little more than a week until the best holiday of the year. Food, football, family and the promise of a continuing holiday season all create the absolute best holiday experience.

If you’re anything like my family then you had already started stockpiling your ingredients two weeks ago.

Every year, there’s an emerging pressure to produce something new at the table. This year, we suggest you shop Waco, cook with locally purchased food, and enjoy the tastes of Texas.

The Farmers Market is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays and features fresh vegetables, locally produced bread and cheese, and other garnishes to add to the table.

Here are just a few items you should look into, but believe me, there are many many more.

Honey:

Homegrown honey is one of the best secret ingredients you can add to your arsenal. The local honey at the farmers market is tasty and wholesome, and an all around crowd pleaser.

Pecans:

It doesn’t get any better than homegrown pecans in a homemade pecan pie. And now you can throw some bluebell on top. Heavenly.

Sweet potatoes:

Your sweet potatoes with the little marshmallows on top will never taste so fresh.

Potatoes:

If you don’t serve some form of mashed potatoes at dinner, then you crazy, That’s a thanksgiving staple.

Peppers:

What’s a cream corn casserole without a little kick? Give it a try.

Butternut Squash:

Squash and fall go hand in hand. As a side, appetizer or ingredient in ratatouille, the squash from the farmers market tops them all.

Cucumbers and zucchini:

Let’s be honest, no one reeaaally wants the salad on thanksgiving, but through some extra cool vegetables of varying color into the leafy green mix and it may be more enticing.

Cheese:

Cheese makes everything better. Fresh cheese is the best cheese. Hit up all kinds of different types of mozzarella, cheddar and other types of cheese.

Sunflowers:

The perfect centerpiece. Voilà, you’re done.

These are only just a few suggestions. The Farmers Market has a plethora of options for you to choose from. And while you’re there, check out the incredible jewelry, headbands and other potential Christmas presents…cause hey, it’s never too early.