By buying products that are made or grown in Michigan, shoppers can help local businesses.
If people spend just $10 dollars a week on Michigan products, that keeps about $40 million circulating within the Michigan economy, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture.
"People have a desire to buy local, to know where their food is coming from, and to reconnect with their agriculture roots so to speak," said Jennifer Holton of the Michigan Department of Agriculture. "What better way to do that, than at Thanksgiving - give thanks for Michigan agriculture."
Michigan is the second most diverse state agriculturally, growing about 200 different commodities.
"You see a lot of the products in our stores have the 'Michigan's Best' logo to signify items that are produced, grown, or from a Michigan-based company," said Steve Antaya of Tom's Food Center in Okemos. "We carry that logo throughout our store."
From making an apple pie with Michigan apples to cooking Michigan-grown potatoes while drinking Michigan-made wine, Michigan items can be incorporated in every part of the Thanksgiving meal.
"There are Michigan produced breads as well," said Antaya. "So even if you want to make your own stuffing at home, you can use Michigan-based bread to do that."
The main course for Thanksgiving dinner - the turkey - can also be from Michigan. Tom's Food Center is featuring Michigan-grown and raised, natural, antibiotic-free turkeys from Otto's farm. They're available for pre-order, while supplies last.
"We have about 200 of them available to us," said Antaya. "They are fresh and fantastic."
By buying Michigan products for Thanksgiving, or even year-round, shoppers can help support local producers, growers, and Michigan-based companies.
"It's something that's easy to do," said Holton. "You need to go grocery shopping, so it's a great way to support Michigan."