Costs rising for Thanksgiving dinner

By Katherine Miller

STAFF WRITER

CROWLEY – In a few short days, people nationwide will gather around the table with friends and family for a traditional Thanksgiving feast.

According to home economists at the LSU AgCenter, the price of this meal will rise above the cost of last year’s meal by an average of $5, or as much as six percent.

For a meal serving ten people, the Thanksgiving market basket will average just above $44, as compared to last year’s average price of $39.

These costs are based on a survey done by Farm Bureau Federation, which showed a typical Thanksgiving meal including turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

Broken down by average, the costs are as follows: one ten to twelve pound turkey, $16; a 12-ounce package of brown-n-serve rolls, $2.20; a 12-oz package of fresh cranberries, $2.46; a 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix, $2.34; two 9-inch pie shells, $2.26; a 14-oz package of cubed bread stuffing, $2.57; a relish tray of carrots and celery, 82 cents; a half-pint of whipped cream, $1.70; a pound of green peas, $1.58; and three pounds of sweet potatoes, $3.12.

A combined mix of miscellaneous preparation items, for example, onions, eggs, sugar, flour and butter, however, have recently seen a decrease in price to $2.69 from last year’s $3.80.

The largest increase at the table is the main entree, turkey. Steven Wilridge of Superfoods grocery store in Crowley reports the price of a 10 to 12 pound turkey to cost about $16.

“As compared to last year, the price of a turkey has increased by about 12 cents per pound.” He added, “The market is much higher right now, due to various reasons, such as the added cost of gas and diesel.”

When adjusted for inflation, the AgCenter reports that the costs have, for the most part remained stable, and that this year’s average cost is equivalent of $44 is equivalent to the cost of twenty years ago at $20.

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