Tendercrop Farm, Wenham
Standout qualities: The farm raises its own hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken, Black Angus beef, and turkey, and offers a wide variety of steaks, bacon and sausage, and turkey and chicken pies.
Insider tip: Don’t just get your Thanksgiving turkey at Tendercrop Farm; get all the fixings, too, like homemade mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and pies.
Fun fact: Tendercrop Farm was founded in 1986 and has locations in Wenham, Newbury, and Dover, New
93 Main St., Wenham, 978-468-0041, tendercropfarm.com
Appleton Farms, Ipswich
What’s unique: Having two beef cattle herds—Jersey and the heritage breed British White Parks—means that all the beef at Appleton Farms is as fresh and local as you can get, including porterhouse steaks, chucks, roasts, ground beef, sausage, and organs.
219 County Rd., Ipswich, 978-356-5728, thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/north-shore/appleton-farms
Butcher Boy, North Andover
Fun fact: Butcher Boy, which opened in 1955, has a 60-foot butcher counter that’s the epicenter of the store.
1077 Osgood St., North Andover, 978-688-1511, butcherboymarket.com