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For those of you who like this sort of thing, here are some fun facts related to all things Thanksgiving.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service's (NASS) Census of Agriculture and the U.S. Census Bureau, this Thanksgiving farmers will raise and harvest:
- 254 million turkeys
- 768 million pounds of cranberries
- 47 billion pounds of potatoes
- 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins
- 1.9 billion pounds of green beans
- 2.7 billions pounds of sweet potatoes (NC leads the production.)
- 73.1 million pounds of cherries (if you prefer cherry pie to pumpkin pie)
- 2.27 billion bushels of wheat (the essential ingredient of bread, rolls and pie crust
- Turkey Creek, LA
- Turkey, TX
- Turkey, NC
- Turkey Creek, AZ
- Cranbury, NJ
- Cranberry Township (Butler County), PA
- Cranberry Township (Venango County), PA
- Plymouth, MN
- Plymouth, MA
- Pilgrim (only township in the US named Pilgrim) Dade County, MO
- Mayflower, AR
- Mayflower Village, CA
The following are America's top turkey producing states.
Turkeys: Number Raised 2009-2010*
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For those of you looking for alternatives to turkey, here's a link to some vegan choices. I have not tried any of the choices listed, so I cannot speak to their authenticity or flavor. If any of you have had them, please leave a comment so we can help someone else who may be looking for an alternative to turkey. Thank you.
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