Potatoes

Every year farmers grow enough potatoes worldwide to cover a four-lane motorway circling the world six times.

Pecan Pie

Pecan pie was made before the invention of corn syrup, and older recipes used darker sugar based syrup or molasses.

Brussels Sprouts

In the run-up to the holidays, farmers run 10 times as many harvesters and work from dawn until dusk harvesting them.

Dinner Rolls

One bushel of wheat is enough for 42 pounds of flour – or 201 of your grandma’s famous dinner rolls. Don’t tell her we know the recipe.

Turkey

There are nearly enough turkeys raised in the U.S. every year for each person to have his or her own bird for Thanksgiving.

Plums

Production of plums starts three to five years after planting. Productivity starts to decline after the 10th year.

Wine

The oldest grapevine in America is a 400-year-old scuppernong vine in North Carolina.

Gravy

Egyptians started pouring gravy on food over 5,000 years ago. We’re glad they had farmers to make it possible.

Butter

Butter’s natural yellow color results mainly from the beta-carotene found in the feed cows eat.

Step Up

We’re swapping our boots for sneakers. It takes about 20 hours of walking to burn off Thanksgiving dinner.

Green Beans

Green beans grow very fast. The length of time from planting to harvest is only 45-60 days.

Stuffing

One acre of wheat produces enough bread to feed nearly 9,000 people for one day. We’re going to need a big turkey for all that stuffing.

Cran Sauce

Wisconsin produces about 57% of the total cranberry crop in the U.S. Massachusetts adds another 23-30%.

Apples

More than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the U.S., but only the crabapple is native to North America.

Figs

California dried fig production has averaged 20 million pounds over the last five years. All dried figs harvested in the U.S. are grown in California’s central valley.

Sweet Potatoes

The U.S. sweet potato industry has exploded in recent years, with an average per capita availability of 7.5 pounds per person in 2016.

Beer

85% of beer consumed in the U.S. is produced domestically in over 5,000 breweries. Cheers to liquid agriculture.

Wine

With such a variety of dishes, don’t worry too much about choosing the correct wine to pair. Many will work. But know that it probably came from California, where nearly 90% of U.S. wine is produced.

Carrots

See these carrots? They’re thanks to the fact that farmers plant nearly 500,000 seeds an acre.

Corn bread

The U.S. is the biggest corn producer worldwide, with annual production levels of over 1 billion metric tons.

Hops

Hop growers are particular about the varieties they grow. Keeping male plants out of the yard ensures that there will be no genetic drift in the plants.

Coffee

Although coffee is historically an import from equatorial countries, farmers in California are beginning to grow coffee beans on a small plot.

Pumpkin Pie

The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over 5 feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin.

Apple Pie

An acre of apple trees produces 18,000 pounds of fruit – enough for 9,000 apple pies.

Squash

Winter squash takes about 100 days to mature, has thick rinds that generally need to be peeled, is picked when completely mature and can be stored for several months.

Almonds

Over the past two decades, growers have reduced the amount of water it takes to grow a pound of almonds by 33%, thanks in part to advancements in irrigation and water-sharing practices.

Cold Turkey

79% of people prefer their Thanksgiving turkey leftovers to the Thanksgiving meal itself.

Turkey Time

The average Thanksgiving dinner takes 16 minutes to eat, seven hours to prepare and three months to grow.

Black Friday

Over 100 million people will brave the crowds this year for Black Friday.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes don’t get ripe like other crops. They continue growing as long as the plant has green leaves, 120-150 days after harvesting.

Pecans

Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals. Sounds like a good reason for another slice.

Turkey Day

Thanksgiving has officially been celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November since 1789.

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