Where Does Your Turkey Dinner Come From?

where does your turkey dinner come from?

Every Christmas Canadians from coast-to-coast go shopping to buy all sorts of things for their holiday celebrations. From presents to decorations to eggnog and everything in between, families who engage in festivities typically fork out more bucks than they would any other month of the year.

In fact, a recent poll found that the average Canadian adult plans to spend nearly $800 on the holidays in 2021. That is a hefty chunk of change, acting as a positive boon to Canada’s economy while simultaneously warming the hearts of loved ones. For many, a big turkey dinner is a quintessential component of family tradition, if not the crowning event of the entire experience – so the extra spending is worth it.

This year, if you and your family are planning for such a feast, we’d encourage you to take a moment to appreciate the Canadian farmers who have helped make it all possible.

While a significant portion of the holiday spending we do is on gifts that are largely imported from other countries, much of the meal that we enjoy is grown and produced right here in Canada.

Let’s take a moment to dig a little deeper and find out just where your annual turkey dinner is from:

Thank you to Canadian farmers for providing us with the food we need

Turkey:

  • The vast majority of Canada’s turkey is domestically produced. As of 2020, about 98% of the turkey we consumed was local.
  • Interestingly, on Thanksgiving and Christmas last year, Canadians purchased an estimated 4 million whole turkeys, making up about 77 per cent of all whole turkey sales for the year.
  • The majority of Canada’s registered turkey growers are in Quebec and Ontario, but there are registered producers in every single province.

Potatoes:

Corn:

Buns and dinner rolls:

Cranberries:

Wine:

It’s clear that from farm to plate, Canadian farmers and food processors can make everything you need for your turkey dinner this year. However, when you visit your local grocery store, it’s likely that you’ll have the choice between Canadian food and products imported from other countries.

This Christmas, we strongly encourage everyone to choose Canadian food! Let’s support our domestic farmers and economy by choosing Canadian!

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