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Homegrown holiday ingredients boxed to order.

The Daily Market Cooperative, Walla Walla’s member-owned grocery co-op, is putting a new twist on its Made in Walla Walla Box with a new one for the Thanksgiving holiday.

A list of locally grown and produced foods is available for order in a package that supports local farms and businesses in a convenient custom box.

Here’s how it works: Participants fill out an order form, selecting the goods they want from a list online. The orders must be received by Thursday. The Made in Walla Walla Boxes will be available for pickup Monday between 4 and 6 p.m. at Red Reina Cuisine, 202 E. Main St.

Helpful recipe tips for the holiday meal will also be included.

The list of available items includes: pumpkin pies ($5); 3 pounds of fresh milled flour ($5); one dozen eggs ($5); one pound of brussels sprouts ($5); half-pound of salad greens ($5); stuffing bread cubes from Walla Walla Bread Co. ($6); two pounds of sweet potatoes, four bulbs of garlic and 2 pounds of onions ($11); 1 pound of ground sausage from Blue Valley Meats ($7); and more.

The idea was inspired by the success of last year’s Christmas holiday baking box, said co-op board President Margaret Thomas. She said about 60 people are regular subscribers to the community-supported agriculture program and its Made in Walla Walla boxes. The timing for this one comes on the heels of the seasonal closure of the Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market. Thomas said it’s an opportunity to continue to support local businesses and also eat fresh ingredients. “There’s an abundance in our Valley for the season,” Thomas said. To see the list, order or learn more visit dailymarket.coop.

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