The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 when 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians joined together to celebrate harvest. It is believed that the first Thanksgiving dinner likely included venison, duck, goose, oysters, lobster, eels, fish, pumpkins and cranberries. Thanksgiving has evolved greatly since that first celebration. Thanks to agricultural technology advancements the dinner menu now look very different.
The common Thanksgiving menu now includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, corn, green bean casserole, yams, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and much more.
This year for Thanksgiving Americans will purchase approximately:
In addition hungry feasters spend:
This year while you’re sitting around the table with your family and friends don’t forget to say a special thanks to the farmers that helped provide your modern menu.
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