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Talking Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts & Figures

Interesting Facts TALKING TURKEY FACTS & FIGURES THANKSGIVING 496 Number of households across the nation -- all potential gathering places for people to celebrate the holiday. MILLION POUNDS # 117 Illinois led the country in production of the vined orange gourd. MILLION The quantity of turkey consumed by the typical American in 2007, with a hearty helping devoured at Thanks- giving time. Per capita sweet potato POUNDS consumption was 5.2 pounds. The Turkey Industry 4.5 The value of turkeys produced in 2008. 13.8 Number of places in the Unit- ed States named Plymouth, as in Plymouth Rock, the landing site of the first Pilgrims. BILLION S 28 20-25 The amount of people employed in the turkey industry. 49 THOUSAND MILLION $ 3.8 Forecast 2009 receipts to farmers from turkey sales. Minnesota produced the most turkeys. 7.9 Amount of turkeys produced in 2008. BILLION S BILLION 1.3 Retail cost per pound of a fro- zen whole turkey in December | 2008. 400 • MILLION POUNDS A Thanksgiving dinner in 1935 Pickles, green olives, celery, roast turkey, oyster stew, cranberry sauce, giblet gravy, dressing, creamed aspar- agus tips, snowflake potatoes, baked carrots, hot rolls, fruit salad, mince meat pie, fruit cake, candies, grapes, apples, French drip coffee, cigars and cigarettes. Wisconsin is expected to lead in the production of cranberries in '09. 271 The preliminary estimate of turkeys raised in the United States in 2008. That's not statisti- cally significantly different from the number raised during 2007. MILLION 847 The total weight of sweet potatoes - another popular Thanksgiving side dish -- produced by major sweet po- tato producing states in 2008. North Carolina produced more sweet potatoes than any other state. It was fol- lowed by California and Mississippi. The forecast for US cranberry production in 2009. Wisconsin is expected to lead all states in the production of cranberries, 1.8 MILLION POUNDS 709 North Carolina produced more sweet potatoes than any other state. BILLION POUNDS MILLION POUNDS followed by Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington are also expected to have substantial production. 320,200 Thanksgiving Timeline 1541 TONS 1621 1630 1777 1789 1800s 1863 1941 Wisconsin led all states in green bean production in 'O8. During Coronado's expedi- tion a Eucharistic thanksgiv- ing, with the friendly Teya Indians present, occurred in Palo Duro Canyon in West • Texas. Pilgrims and Native Ameri- cans enjoyed a harvest feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This feast may have become the model for today's Ameri- • can celebration. This year marked the first Thanksgiving in the newly formed United States of America. Washington's first proclama- tion after his inauguration as the nation's first president in 1789 declared November 26, 1789, as a national day of "thanksgiving and prayer." President Abraham Lincoln resumed the tradition in Settlers and colonists from many continents brought customs of days of prayer and thanksgiving, especially in New England. The annual presidential thanksgiving proclamations ceased for 45 years in the early 1800s. President Roosevelt signed the bill establishing the fourth Thursday in Nov as Thanksgiving Day. Because 2 years out of every 7 have 5 • Thursdays in November. 1863. Source: US Census Bureau, USDA Na- tional Agricultural Statistics Service Infographics:RAJ

Talking Turkey: Thanksgiving Facts & Figures

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Thanksgiving is a tradition that dates back to before the formation of the United States of America but most people know less about its origins than they think. Did you know that, contrary to popular ...



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