The New York Farm Bureau reports that the average Thanskgiving Day dinner will cost almost 10 percent less than last year's year.
The most expensive item - the turkey, in this case, a 16 lb one. The notorious turkey is also down from 2016 at a decrease of 2¢ per pound or a total of 36¢ per whole turkey. That's the lowest it's been since 2013, but is that true?
If you're scratching your head wondering how anyone manages to feed 10 hungry mouths at Thanksgiving with less than $50, it's important to note the survey's list of dishes covers just the very basics: a turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, a pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk.
- Turkey prices are lower because of a large inventory in cold storage. The increase may be attributed to higher production costs.
- Milk prices have been low all year.
"Virginia farmers prove every year that they are committed to making sure Americans have an abundance of wholesome food, and they are so good at what they do that consumers are able to enjoy affordable food-on Thanksgiving and every day", said VFBF President Wayne F. Pryor.
"According to the latest USDA NASS analysis the number of turkeys raised in Iowa surpassed 12 million in 2017, representing a 3% increase from the previous year", says Tim Johnson, senior research and policy analysts with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF).
A total of 141 volunteer shoppers checked prices at grocery stores in 39 states for this year's survey.
Farm Bureau volunteers conducted the survey in 33 communities - including Eau Claire - in October and November.
If you're not in the mood to cook Thanksgiving dinner, there may just be hope for you yet.