Thanks­giv­ing turkey and pump­kin pie quite the deal

Rappahannock News - - FROM PAGE ONE -

Rap­pa­han­nock County res­i­dents and fel­low Vir­gini­ans are feed­ing their fam­i­lies a Thanks­giv­ing meal for about $5.23 per per­son this year, ac­cord­ing to price sur­vey by the Vir­ginia Farm Bureau Fed­er­a­tion.

The av­er­age cost of a tra­di­tional meal for 10 adults is $52.30. This is based on a menu of turkey, ham, dress­ing, sweet pota­toes, rus­set pota­toes, rolls, green beans, peas, cel­ery, cran­ber­ries, milk and pump­kin pie with whipped cream. Prices were reported by vol­un­teer shop­pers us­ing no pro­mo­tional sales or coupons, and did not in­clude veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan shop­pers who skip the more ex­pen­sive meat aisle.

This year’s av­er­age rep­re­sents a $1.76 in­crease over the 2017 av­er­age price of $50.56 for a 10-per­son meal.

The lo­cal­ity re­port­ing the high­est av­er­age cost for a meal this year was nearby Spot­syl­va­nia County, with $87.28. The low­est av­er­age cost was $50.18 in Es­sex County, which bor­ders the Rap­pa­han­nock River on the north and Dragon swamp on the south.

Based on sur­veys at gro­cery stores through­out the state, the Farm Bureau found the av­er­age cost of a 16-pound turkey was $20.64, or a lit­tle more than $1.29 per pound, which is less than the av­er­age $1.57 Vir­gini­ans paid per pound last year.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion found that the av­er­age price for a 4-pound bone-in ham was $7.56; a gal­lon of milk was $2.99; peas were 90 cents; green beans, 90 cents; a 1-pound bag of sweet pota­toes, 98 cents; a 5-pound bag of rus­set pota­toes, $3.17; cel­ery, $1.48; pie shells, $1.50; whip­ping cream, $1.97; canned pump­kin pie fill­ing, $2.98; cran­ber­ries, $2.07; stuff­ing mix, $2.50; and a dozen rolls were $2.66.

Since VFBF be­gan con­duct­ing the sur­vey in 2003, the av­er­age cost of a fam­ily’s Thanks­giv­ing meal in Vir­ginia has in­creased by $13.20.

Na­tion­ally, an in­for­mal sur­vey con­ducted by the Amer­i­can Farm Bureau Fed­er­a­tion found the av­er­age cost of this year’s meal for 10 to be $48.90, or less than $5 per per­son. That rep­re­sents a de­crease of less than 1 per­cent from last year’s na­tional av­er­age of $49.12.

This is the third con­sec­u­tive year that the over­all price of a Thanks­giv­ing din­ner has de­clined across the U.S. It is the low­est it’s been since 2010.

“Tra­di­tion­ally, Vir­ginia has been slightly higher than the na­tional av­er­age ba­sic Thanks­giv­ing meal cost. How­ever, if you can feed your fam­ily a meal for un­der $5.30 per per­son, then that is a bar­gain for which we can all be thank­ful,” re­marked VFBF Pres­i­dent Wayne F. Pryor.

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