Thanks to American Express for sponsoring our post today about small businesses. American Express is presenting Small Business Saturday, a way to honor the local merchants who are the backbone of the economy, this Saturday, November 27. They're offering statement credits to people who shop at small businesses, advertising for small-business owners, and donations to Girls Inc. for "Likes" of the Small Business Saturday page on Facebook. Join the celebration by clicking the "Like" button and then visiting the Facebook page to learn more about the program and read the terms and conditions that apply.

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[Photograph: Ben Fishner]

By now, you've done most all (we hope?) of your Thanksgiving grocery shopping for the grand feast. While the majority of the shopping list can be covered at the mega grocery store chains, it's always nice to support local farmers and food purveyors whenever possible. We were just at the Ferry Plaza market in San Francisco scoping out the apples for a fall salad, and the Marietta Square market in Georgia to pick up squash to roast as a side. At the Greenmarket in NYC, we also picked some bread from the bakery Bread Alone for stuffing.

How did you split up your shopping for Thanksgiving? Did you get all your goods at one store? A combination of smaller markets to support small businessfolk and chain grocery stores? Take the poll »

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