The price of a traditional Thanksgiving meal is on the rise in Virginia, according to a study released this week by the Farm Bureau. The study found that for 10 adults, the price of preparing Thanksgiving costs an estimated $50.01. That’s an increase of $2.78 from the 2012 average and includes items like turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, cranberries, milk, a relish tray of carrots and celery, as well as pumpkin pie. Farm Bureau officials said the price didn’t take into account any promotional sales or coupons.
“There are two factors that can explain the increase in basket prices from last year— an improving economy for much of the nation and substantially higher livestock prices, which would include turkeys,” said Jonah Bowles, Virginia Farm Bureau agriculture market analyst, in a statement. “The fact that vegetable prices are lower in 2013 was expected due to better growing conditions across the nation. The United States has a bountiful supply of food that is distributed through many retailers. This creates an environment in which consumers are able to shop for the best buys for their needs and improves the prospects of them beating the average food basket prices.”