Hingham Supermarkets Prepared For Holiday Rush
If you're shopping for Thanksgiving dinner this November, you don't even have to leave Hingham.
Although Halloween was just weeks ago, it doesn't take long for one to realize Thanksgiving is already here.
The pumpkins are off the shelves at Hingham's four major supermarkets: Hingham Fruit Center, Stop & Shop, The Fresh Market, and Whole Foods. Now their produce shelves are stocked with butternut squash, sweet potatoes, green beans, and cranberries.
The gourmet sections are no longer filled with Halloween cookies, cupcakes and candy. They are instead loaded with Apple and Pumpkin Pies.
Fruit Center manager Mark Mignosa told Patch that the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are the busiest time of the year.
Like most supermarkets during the November and December month, the Fruit Center has not only stocked up on holiday items for the people of the South Shore but they have an increased staff that constantly restocks their shelves with the freshest items.
As for turkeys, the majority of Hingham residents buy their birds at Stop & Shop, according to a poll on Hingham Patch last year. But, Whole Foods in Hingham also sells Thanksgiving Dinner to-go, while The Fresh Market allows customers to order a traditional dinner or deluxe dinner right on their website.
The Fruit Center offers everything you eat on Thanksgiving dinner except for the actual turkey. Their most popular items have been everything you serve with the turkey from homemade stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes to prepared humus and breads.
The eceonomy has not stopped people from buying food for Thanksgiving.
Over the last few years, Mignosa said he has seen a slight decrease with the economic downturn but said around the holidays people continue to buy.
“These types of seasons, people stay consistent on what they usually do, “ he said. “It’s been strong around here.”