Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Not just due to good food and the gathering of loved ones, but it provides an opportunity to say Thank You!
We at J R Organics want to give a very big thanks to everyone for their continued support throughout the year. You are the ones keeping this small, family farm up and running. Looking forward to many more years of providing quality, organic produce. Wishing all of you the best Thanksgiving ever!
Here are some interesting Thanksgiving Facts:
1. The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.
2. The Thanksgiving holiday tradition is almost 500 years old. The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621.
3. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
4. Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.
5. The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.
6. The author of the popular nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, Sarah Josepha Hale, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.
7. Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He “pardons” it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.
8. Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.
9. Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
10. The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.
11. A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
12. Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
13. It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.
14. The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.