Va. Thanksgiving Meal Costs See Little Increase

November 10, 2010

Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for less than $4.35 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.

The survey of the price of basic items found on Americans’ Thanksgiving tables places the average cost of a traditional meal for 10 adults this year at $43.39. The menu includes turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

VFBF reports this year’s average represents a price increase of 1 cent over the 2009 average total price.

The locality surveyed that had the highest average cost for a meal was Pound in Wise County at $52.36. The locality with the lowest average cost was Bristol at $33.18.

“The Thanksgiving marketbasket for the state of Virginia is little changed from last year, but each ingredient experiences a wide range of prices depending on location of the survey,” said Jonah Bowles, VFBF market analyst. “This indicates that the economy is still trying to recover, and it is doing better in some areas of the state than in others.

Based on surveys of grocery stores throughout Virginia, Farm Bureau found the average cost of a 16-pound turkey was $19.34 or about $1.21 a pound—the same per-pound price as last year.

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