We are truly blessed to live in North Carolina, and holiday meal planning is a good reminder why. We are blessed to have access to so much locally grown goodness throughout the year. We can truly serve an entirely North Carolina feast to our families with a quick trip to the farmers market or grocery store. From the main entrees, side dishes, desserts and even the beverages, we can source everything right here within our borders. And we are grateful for that!
A few quick facts:
1. North Carolina ranks first in the nation in sweet potato production, providing 53.5% of the nation’s crop.
2. The Tar Heel state has the largest pork production facility located in, well, Tar Heel. North Carolina farmers rank second in the nation in hog production (behind Iowa).
3. North Carolina ranks third in turkey production, behind Minnesota and Arkansas.
Take a look at this infographic (click on it to make it larger or download a PDF) and give thanks for living in such a blessed state!