Holiday Food

By: Kelly Creswell Email
By: Kelly Creswell Email

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. In order to pay the same amount of money as last year's turkey, your tom turkey may have to shed some pounds.

The Virginia Farm Bureau found the average cost of a Thanksgiving turkey went up two dollars. And the trimmings are also up compared to last year.

Energy costs are the reason a traditional Thanksgiving meal is costing five percent more than in 2006.

"I'll probably still get the same foods I normally get, but usually I'll go around to several different grocery stores, but this year, I'll probably just go to one and get everything in one stop," says Missy Berry, who's cooking Thanksgiving dinner for her family this year.

Rising gas prices have affected the way people drive, and they are now forcing the cost of Thanksgiving meal to increase.

"The biggest factor by far is the increased price of fuel, gas, and diesel fuel, and that sort of thing. The transportation of food is driving it up," says Greg Hicks, the VFB communications director.

The cost of other Thanksgiving staples, like stuffing, have also gone up, but for those traditional items, like the turkey, the increase is about nine cents a pound. So if you want that traditional meal, you're going to have to dish out some extra green.

"It costs farmers more to produce food because fertilizer is produced with petroleum products and that drives up the price for turkey growers in the Valley. They also have to heat and cool their bird houses, chicken house, and that provides more cost to them as well," says Hicks.

Even packaged products like yams and cranberry sauce cost more. Despite the rising prices, shoppers are still purchasing the food needed for their traditional meal.

"Because Thanksgiving is important and I'll just buy the brand name ones I'm used to and I like," says Beverly Chenoweth, while shopping for Thanksgiving.

The good news is the Farm Bureau found that a home-cooked turkey dinner costs slightly more than $4, which is less than a typical fast-food meal. So it's a good deal any way you slice it.


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