Eat Local? Hard to Do on Thanksgiving


Ever wonder where all your tasty Thanksgiving traditions actually come from? In case you do, we've got your answers.

If you think you have it tough preparing all the food for your Thanksgiving feast, take a second to think about all the farming, processing and distribution that needs to happen first. The Professional Travel Guide compiled a list of the Thanksgiving staples and where they come from before they hit your belly.


Minnesota produces more turkeys than any other state. In 2007, the poultry powerhouse produced an astonishing 48 million turkeys. They’re expecting to break 49 million this year.

Mashed Potatoes

Idaho produces more potatoes than any other state. Roughly 400,000 acres are planted each year, accounting for more than one-third of the entire U.S. fall harvested acreage. Apparently, Americans eat 140 pounds of potatoes each year. Yikes!

Green Bean Casserole

Dorcas Reilly invented the green bean casserole back in 1955 while she was an employee for Campbell’s. In 2002, she presented the National Inventors Hall of Fame with her original copy of the recipe. The recipe now accompanies Enrico Fermi’s controlled nuclear reactor and Thomas Edison’s light bulb.

Cranberry Relish

Whether you get it from a can or make it yourself, no Thanksgiving feast is complete without cranberry relish. Food for thought: Cranberries are one of only three fruits native to North America, along with blueberries and Concord grapes.

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie: When it comes to pumpkin production, Illinois is king. The state produces around 500 million pounds of pumpkin every year. Illinois is responsible for more than 90 percent of all of the pumpkin processed in the U.S.


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