How much will Thanksgiving dinner cost this year? State Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain says turkey prices are down while other food prices are up

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With less than two weeks to go before Turkey Day, State Ag and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says be prepared to pay 16 percent less for the main staple of your Thanksgiving meal this year, but other foods have nearly doubled.

“You know your canned peas have went up. Canned pumpkin has went up. Many of the other things have went up but turkeys have come down because there is a higher supply than demand.  So that’s good news.”

The latest Consumer Price Index report reveals the inflation rate for food at home increased by two percent over the last 12 months.

Strain says folks shouldn’t bypass having Louisiana homegrown produce on their Thanksgiving dinner table.

“What we want you to do is certify your celebration. Look for certified Louisiana products. Think about some pecans, Louisiana sweet potatoes – Yam right. And of course, gotta be Louisiana rice.” 

Strain says prices of everything from flour to canned corn to butter and cranberry sauce are higher. He says a Thanksgiving dinner for a family of four will cost around $30 this year.

“The average cost for Thanksgiving dinner will be about $6.50 to $7 per person.”

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