Buying Thanksgiving groceries

CHERRY HILL, N.J. - November 26, 2008 - People spent the day out buying groceries for the big meal, and it didn't seem that most people were cutting back.

Anne Hyland of /*Cherry Hill*/ said she was spending the usual amount on food for her /*Thanksgiving*/ feast.

That's what merchants love to hear, but this year's economic conditions might force some to scale back.

At /*Wegmans*/, the turkeys were in ample supply, the pies piled high and the shoppers were filling their carts. Here, at least, it didn't look like a bad economy.

While megastores like this are doing a brisk business, we found some shopping out in the brisk weather.

A little farmer's market in Fairmount has been supplying fresh fruit and vegetables for months, but today is the last day. Customers were there, though, buying for the holiday.

"Traditional items are always big at Thanksgiving," said Dwain Livengood of Lancaster, Pa.

"A lot of the people order the apple pies and the pumpkin pies," said Sarah Stoltzfus of Lancaster, Pa.

Shoppers could buy produce anywhere, but said they like to support the locals.

"I just like something local instead of something coming from Chile, South America, California... As much as I love California," said Kathy Curry of Lafayette Hill, Pa.

"The vegetables and so forth are fresh, and you're talking to people making the products," said Michele Frank of Fairmount.

A number of shoppers, giving thanks for their bount... No matter where they bought it.

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