How Much Will Your Louisiana Thanksgiving Dinner Cost This Year?
It may be hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is now less than two weeks away. It seems we go from Halloween to New Year's Eve in a flash. But the most over-looked holiday, (in my humble opinion) is going to cost you more in 2023.
It certainly shouldn't come as any surprise that those candied yams, creamed-corn, and green bean casserole is going to be more costly than last year. Inflation has affected everything from a gallon of gasoline to a gallon of milk.
Surprisingly, there is one item on your Thanksgiving table that actually went down in price. Turkey has actually dropped by 16 percent compared to last year. But other foods have nearly doubled.
State Ag and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says:
“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.
But Strain hopes residents won'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.”