Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fun Facts For Thanksgiving

Photo from FreeDigitalPhotos.net by Tom Curtis

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
4 - Number of places named after our beloved "Turkey"
  • Turkey Creek, LA
  • Turkey, TX
  • Turkey, NC
  • Turkey Creek, AZ
9 - Number of places named after our crimson delight, "Cranberry" including
  • Cranbury, NJ
  • Cranberry Township (Butler County), PA
  • Cranberry Township (Venango County), PA
37 - Number of places and townships named Plymouth, as in Plymouth Rock, the landing site of the first Pilgrims.
  • 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*
State20092010% of 2009
North Carolina35.530.084
South Carolina11.911.9100
Other States46.349.1106
US Total247.4244.298
*Numbers raised in millions


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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  1. What a sweet way to show gratitude to our country, by making an effort to shop from those who live and work in it.

    Aloha Sweet Friend,

    The ladies and I are starting to gather a bit early this week so that we can take our turkey loving time mingling and growing together over the next few days.

    Thank you for linking up with us last week, thank you for sharing your sweet energy with all of us... thank you for being beautiful you.

    Come join us if you please.

    1. Hi Nicole,

      I stopped by. Love the new pictures and stories. It is always great visiting with you.