DOUG’S BLOG – Let’s Talk Turkey


You may be thinking “why is Doug doing a blog on turkeys and not on gardening?” You could be right. But, both raising turkeys and nursery plants fall within the Department of Agriculture. So, that is the connection. I am not that crazy after all.

It is forecasted that over 6 billion pounds of turkey meat will be produced in the U.S. this year. It seems an awful lot of meat but we, as a society, have become more health-conscious and desire more lean protein than ever before. And, with the Covid-19 pandemic this year, more families will be staying home and doing less traveling and less large family gatherings. STAY SAFE EVERYONE!!!!

Did you know that Virginia ranks sixth among turkey-producing states? The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the number of turkeys raised in the state this year is expected to total 16.3 million.


  • The typical Thanksgiving turkey weighs about 16 pounds.
  • The United States produced about 250 million turkeys in 2019.
  • It takes about 28 days for a turkey egg to hatch and about 22 weeks for a Tom turkey to reach market size.
  • Turkeys are native to northern Mexico and the eastern United States.
  • Henry VIII was the first English king to enjoy turkey and Edward VII made turkey-eating fashionable at Christmas.
  • Baby turkeys are called puts, male turkeys are called toms, and female turkeys are called hens.
  • Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clicking noise.
  • Turkey is low in fat and high in protein. It has more protein than chicken or beef.
  • The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey: as a sandwich, in a stew, chili or soup, casseroles, and as a burger.
  • The ballroom dance the “turkey trot” was named for the short, jerky steps that turkeys take.

As you sit down with friends and family this holiday, remember to thank a farmer for making this meal available and affordable.


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1 thought on “DOUG’S BLOG – Let’s Talk Turkey”

  1. Actually, baby turkeys are called “poults”, not “puts”, although I’m assuming that was just a typo.

    And I don’t know of any leftover turkey recipes making it into a “burger”, although fresh ground turkey makes an excellent one.

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