Thanksgiving Prices

Thanksgiving Prices

Maura Bennett
Maura Bennett

Thanksgiving is just a week from today.

Hosting the traditional family Thanksgiving this year may feel a bit more normal than in 2020.

But unlike in the middle of the pandemic when prices for certain food items went down, we’ll all have to pay a little more for this year’s celebration.

USDA economist, Carolyn Chelius was asked to list the foods most often served by Americans on Thanksgiving and check on their prices relative to last year.

Chelius; “One whole frozen turkey which is 12 pounds, 3 pounds of sweet potatoes, 3 pounds of russet potatoes, 1 pound of cranberries, 1 pound of green beans, a gallon of milk. The only item that stayed the same was sweet potatoes. Those prices did not increase.”

Sweet potatoes have been selling for an average of $.99 per pound.

Russet potatoes are selling for $.89 per pound which is up more than 3%.

Green beans are up almost 50% from a year ago at $1.92 per pound.

Cranberries will cost around $2.50 for a 12 oz bag, up 12% from 2020.

Milk prices are up to an average of $2.98 per gallon and that’s an 8% increase. And finally, the centerpiece food item, the turkey, is running an average of 10% more than in 2020 at $1.06 per pound.

For a total of $25.81, a 10% increase

But once you have all the items for your meal, you may have questions.

The USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline number is 888-MPHOTLINE(888-674-6854) You can also go online to

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