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Customers plan to buy local for Thanksgiving meal

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Before you know it Thanksgiving will be here, which may have you thinking about your meal.

The New Pioneer Food Co-Op in Coralville hosted a Holiday Sample Fair today, bringing many of the local vendors and farmers into the store.

Customers tell us they like to know where their food comes from, that's why they say they're shopping local for the holiday.

"It should be Iowa made and local you know it's really important, it really helps, it taste better it's part of our tradition to shop locally for Thanksgiving," said Maria Lasswell, a customer.

"We hear from our customers all the time that they really want to support our neighbors, it's who we're supporting when we purchase local," Allison Gnade told us, Editor at the New Pioneer Food Co-Op.

Those who provide the food tell us they see a spike in sales this time of year.

"We see an increase in orders definitely," said Josie Brannon, Work Intern at Friendly Farm.

"Our frosted carrots that have been frosted in the field, we often will sell like a ton a week to New Pioneer because so many people serve those at Thanksgiving," said Andrew Dunham, Owner of Grinnell Heritage Farm.

Those who provide hard apple cider notice it's another item on the holiday menu.

"A lot of people have actually just today, have said I'm going to take a bottle of this to the Thanksgiving dinner," Mike Edrington told us, who works for Wilson's Orchard.

Customers tell us it's not only important for them to support local food but they believe it taste better as well.

"I live in Iowa and this is something I enjoy doing, you know and it's, I don't feel that I'm compromising on quality at all in fact I feel like it's a whole lot better," said Janet Skiff, a customer.

The Cedar Rapids New Pioneer Food Co-Op location will host a similar event on Sunday, November 15th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The event will offer samples from a variety of holiday dishes.

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