The cost to feed 10 people costs just $50, up 70 cents from last year’s survey, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 30th annual informal price survey of items typically found on American’s Thanksgiving dinner table.
The meal centerpiece, a 16-pound turkey, is still a bargain this year at $1.44 per pound, even though it’s up 9 cents from last year. The increase is largely contributed to the decline in turkey production because of the Avian influenza outbreak in the Midwest.
Besides the turkey, the items on the survey’s shopping list included bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, carrots, celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee and milk.
The average cost of the dinner has remained around $49 since 2011. This year’s survey totaled over $50 for the first time.
Which states can you thank for the turkey, cranberries and pumpkin? Minnesota produces about 49 million turkeys annually, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Wisconsin produces about 8.5 million barrels of cranberries, according to the National Ag Statistics Survey. Illinois produces about 746 million pounds of pumpkin, according to the Economic Research Service.
Numbers aside, the Thanksgiving meal truly represents the bounty produced by America’s farmers and ranchers. Happy Thanksgiving!