The cost of the Thanksgiving Day meal will be down in Wisconsin this year. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s annual informal survey’s total price comes to $47.91. For ten people, “that costs less than 5 dollars a person, so it really is a bargain this year,” said Farm Bureau’s spokesperson Amy Eckelberg.
A 16-pound turkey averages $21.92 cents, down a $1.44 from each of the previous two years, when Midwestern producers struggled with an avian influenza outbreak.
Wisconsin’s Thanksgiving price survey is an informal, annual review of food price trends in relation to changing farm prices, weather and wholesale and retail food marketing. Members of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau collected price samples of 12 Thanksgiving food items in 25 communities in October and November.
“This survey truly shows the stability of our food prices,” Eckelberg said. “While this doesn’t depict what’s on everyone’s table on Thanksgiving Day, it allows us to look at food trends as a whole.”