Farmers are serving up Thanksgiving feasts!
We can thank farmers for all of our meals, especially now with the Thanksgiving season!
Most families’ meals include staples like the big turkey, cranberry sauce, pies, some kind of pumpkin, sweet potatoes and regular potatoes, corn, and green beans.
Where do all of these come from though, and what state is the source of it?
Turkey is the prominent symbol of Thanksgiving worldwide.
According to USDA, Americans eat about 16 pounds of turkey per year. Minnesota leads the nation in turkey production, followed by North Carolina and Arkansas. Also, the nation produces almost 50 percent of the world’s supply of turkeys.
The top sweet potato producer is North Carolina and has been since 1971. Also, the nation ranks #7 in sweet potato production globally.
Fun fact: sweet potatoes have more nutrients than spinach and broccoli!
Mashed potatoes are considered the “glue” of Thanksgiving meals. In 2012, the U.S. produced 46 billion+ pounds of potatoes.
What state is the biggest producer? You guessed it, Idaho leads the nation in potato production. Also, the U.S. ranks fifth for world potato production.
Why do we eat corn on Thanksgiving? One of the founders of the Plymouth Colony wrote that the spring before the holiday, the settlers planted 20 acres of Indian corn. The crop was served for the first time then!
Iowa produced the most corn in 2020 followed by Nebraska and Illinois. Also, the U.S. produces 41 percent of the world’s supply of corn, and the U.S. ranks first in world production.
Everyone has to have some greens on their plate!
You may not believe it, but Florida is the top producer of green beans! In 2012, the U.S. produced 540 million pounds of green beans. That is a lot.
Yum! Pecans are a staple for Thanksgiving. Similar to pumpkins, pecans are harvested during the fall and have become essential to the holiday.
No matter which way you crack it, Georgia ranks first as the top producer of them and the U.S. is #1 in world pecan production.
Thanksgiving would not be the same without pumpkin, no matter how you eat it!
In 2012, the U.S. produced 1.2 billion+ pounds of pumpkin. Illinois is the top producer, and the U.S. ranks fifth in world production.
Cranberries are also a Thanksgiving staple, usually in the shape of sauce. Similar to the pieces above, it is believed that pilgrims and the American Indians would have eaten them at the first Thanksgiving feast.
Wisconsin is the top producer of cranberries, while the U.S. ranks first in global cranberry production! We produce 78 percent of the world’s supply.