Happy Thanksgiving: Wishing you a wonderful day that’s hopefully filled with family, friends and a whole lot of tasty food! And speaking of food, how about some delicious statistics?
According to the National Turkey Federation, last year consumers consumed almost 16 pounds of turkey per person. Most turkey is consumed between October and December each year, and it was the #4 protein choice of Americans.
The top turkey producing state in the U.S. is Minnesota, raising more than 45 million turkeys last year. And the top processor? It is Butterball, processing over 1 billion pounds in 2014!
Since turkeys are indigenous to North America, as a country we export between 700 and 800 thousand pounds of turkey each year. That’s a whole lot of gobble-gobble.
Where will you be feasting this year? The U.S. Census Bureau has some great festive destinations for you. Perhaps Turkey Creek Village, Louisiana (Pop. 443)? Or Turkey City, Texas (Pop. 396)? Or how about Cranberry township (Pop. 30,170)?
I don’t know about you, but I’m all about side dishes. Nothing like some delicious apple & sausage stuffing or maybe some sweet potato casserole. Speaking of sweet potatoes, did you know 3 billion pounds of sweet potatoes were produced last year in the states according to the USDA? And my vegetarian friends should be happy to know that there will be plenty of veggies such as green beans this holiday: we produce over 650,000 tons per year!
All this talk of food has made me hungry…off to eat. Enjoy!
Sources: National Turkey Federation, U.S. Census Bureau, USDA