Traditionally, our Christmas dinner includes roast turkey, turkey stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and pies such as apple or pumpkin. But where is that food raised. Well, let’s get to that.
Turkey. The United States produces an estimated 240 million turkeys each year, with Minnesota producing the most at 40 million, followed by North Carolina at 31 million, and Arkansas at 30 million turkeys.

Mashed potatoes. When it comes to potatoes, the leading states that produce them are Idaho (the common types of potatoes grown in Idaho are Russets and Burbanks), Washington, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Colorado.
Green beans. The top producing US states are Wisconsin, Florida and New York, and Michigan.

Wisconsin leads green bean (or snap bean) production by a wide margin- more than 37% of all green beans produced in the U.S.

Gotta have that cranberry sauce, right? Well, the U.S. harvest season for cranberries runs from around mid-September until the end of October. Total U.S. production in 2021 is estimated at 7.9 million barrels. The four top cranberry-producing States are Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Oregon, and New Jersey. Wisconsin, the largest producer of cranberries in the United States, grew roughly 59 percent of the crop in 2020.

When it comes to apples, the ranking is California, Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Pennsylvania (Washington is 7th). The best varieties for making pies are Braeburn, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Jonagold. Granny Smith is the standard for pies, and with that in mind, most are grown in Washington.

And pumpkins? Although pumpkins are grown in many states, most of the production comes from only 10 States. By acreage and by weight, Illinois is consistently the nation’s largest producer, and most of Illinois’ pumpkins are used for pie filling and other processed foods. California, Indiana, Michigan, and New York are also top producers. We should point out that though Texas is not in the top of production stats, it does lead in the income from pumpkins. That’s because pie filling pumpkins receive a lower price per pound than ornamental jack-o’-lantern-style pumpkins. Other non-traditional main dish, Christmas dinner favorites are ham or roast beef.

When it comes to pork, Iowa leads the pack with 23.8 million hogs, followed by Minnesota (9 million), N. Carolina (8.5 million), Illinois (5.2 million), and Indiana (4.3 million).

You’re having beef? The states with the highest number of beef cows are Texas - 4,685,000; Oklahoma - 2,189,000; Missouri - 2,035,000; Nebraska - 1,900,000; South Dakota - 1,799,00.

Regardless of what your meal is, we wish you blessings and the merriest of Christmas days