June is National Turkey Lovers’ Month

06-03-2013 in Turkey

June is National Turkey Lovers Month and a prime time to recognize Iowa’s turkey farmers for providing us with high quality, healthy turkey products!

Turkey can be served in various ways for different meals. With low fat and high protein content, it makes a great choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In fact, a three-ounce serving of boneless, skinless turkey breast contains 26 grams of protein, only one gram of fat and zero grams of saturated fat.

“In celebration of Turkey Lovers’ Month, make a special meal that everyone can enjoy,” says Brian Waddingham, executive director of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers. “Show your support for Iowa’s turkey farmers by firing up the grill and having your favorite turkey product or, if you don’t have time to grill, enjoy a homemade turkey sandwich or one from your favorite restaurant.”

Oftentimes, the thoughts associated with turkey involve a big Thanksgiving dinner, and then the long nap that follows. However, in reality, turkey is enjoyed all year long! Amazingly, 48% of all turkey consumption comes from turkey sandwiches, topping the approximate 46 million turkeys that are cooked and consumed for Thanksgiving.

Turkey production has a large economic impact in the state. Iowa is home to over 11 million turkeys, raised by 130 farm families. Each turkey raised in the state adds $20 to Iowa’s economy. The value of turkey production is over $220 million, with at least $78 million coming from on-farm activity.

For more information and delicious turkey recipes, please visit www.iowaturkey.com.

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