There were two turkeys left in the case at the J. L Miller & Sons meats stand in York's Central Market Tuesday morning. There had been a third, but it sold first thing that morning.
Many had pre-ordered their turkeys, and Gordon Crumling, who was working the stand, said they were selling more than usual. He guessed that with the economy, some people might be staying home instead of traveling or going out.
Right next to the turkeys, there were a few stuffed hog maws, ready to pop in the oven. Some in York County choose that as a Thanksgiving dish, Crumling said.
"It's a close second to turkey," he said.
Vendors at Central Market were busy Tuesday morning, preparing
At The Pie Shop, Tim Trimmer pressed dough into a pie pan while others baked in the oven.
Trimmer just purchased the business in August, so this is the first holiday rush. It's a little stressful, he said.
"Of course, I want people to be happy with their pies," he said, expecting to make about 20 that day.
Apple was the most popular order for the holiday, said Brenda Dettry, who was working with Trimmer. She tied up boxed pies with twine for customers and mixed up the ingredients for another.
Nearby, Jena Sharp, working at Myers Salads and Pastries, fixed up a tray of turkey-shaped, hand-rolled sand tarts.
"We sell tons of pumpkin pies," she said, calling theirs a "true" pumpkin custard pie, with spices only on the top.
The stand's cranberry relish is a popular Thanksgiving pick with customers, too, said Nancy Rohrbaugh, a longtime employee.
There is a Myers stand at Eastern Market, too. Sharp, whose father and uncle own the business, said work will start around 2 a.m. Wednesday.
"The pies are all handmade and fresh," she said. Someone drives them
Still, she said, her dad will be making the turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving, and she bets her uncle will, too.
"They're cooks," she said. "That's what they do."
Beth VanWyk stopped at the stand and bought two pies -- one pumpkin, one apple. She was visiting from out of town but used to live in York County and knew the market would be open, she said.
Wednesday will really be the day she'll prep for Thanksgiving, she said. On Tuesday, she had to pick up was supplies for spaghetti, a dinner request from a grandchild.
Need to pick up some last minute items for Thanksgiving? Here are the hours for some local markets today.
Central Market, open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
New Eastern Market, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.