As we shop and prepare for Thanksgiving dinner, we can be grateful for California’s massive agricultural output.
State on your plate
The shopping list for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Thanksgiving meal survey includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10 with plenty for leftovers.
Here’s California’s contribution to the nation:
If your Thanksgiving feast has any of the following foods, it has California to thank. The state is the sole producer (99% or more) for the following crops.
Average Thanksgiving dinner cost
The 33rd annual survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation found this year’s Thanksgiving dinner costs 22 cents less than last year’s $49.12, on average.
Source: 2017-2018 California Agricultural Statistics Review
Choose a side
Not everyone agrees on what the best side dish at Thanksgiving dinner should be. These maps show the results of a 2019 survey conducted by public opinion and data company YouGov. The survey asked more than 1,200 adults across the U.S.: Which, if any, of the following side dishes do you anticipate will be served at your Thanksgiving meal?
Top five agricultural states
California’s cash receipts of $49.9 billion were first in the nation and $20 billion more than the second highest-ranked state. California produces about 13.3% of the nation’s agricultural value.
Sources: California Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, American Farm Bureau Federation