Here’s something to be thankful for: According to a national survey, the price of ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner hasn’t gone up much at all since 2011, and local merchants say shoppers should be able to put turkey and all the trimmings on the table for about the same cost as last year — or maybe even a little less.
The American Farm Bureau Federation recently dispatched volunteers across the country to shop for the best deals on everything from whole turkeys to pumpkin pie. Their informal price survey found that the cost for a Thanksgiving feast for a family of 10 will average $49.48 — up just 28 cents from last year.
According to the survey, turkey is up about 4 cents per pound, but that’s not the case at the Niskayuna Co-op, where birds are selling for 10 cents per pound less than last year, said marketing director Ben Wallach.
Average cost of Thanksgiving meal for family of 10, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, up 28 cents from 2011.
Price per pound of Plainville Farms fresh turkeys at Niskayuna Co-op.
Price per pound of House of Raeford frozen turkeys at area Price Chopper stores.
The store ordered 500 Plainville Farms fresh, all-natural turkeys for the holiday and as of Monday had pre-sold 400 of them, at a cost of $2.59 per pound. “It looks like they’re going to sell out by Tuesday night,” Wallach predicted.
The store still has a good quantity of frozen turkeys, priced at $1.69 per pound.
Co-op members will also pay less for holiday side-dish ingredients this November, Wallach said.
The store is stocked with all the essentials, as well as some harder-to-find foods such as cheese spreads from Oscar’s Adirondack Smokehouse in Warrensburg.
For those who crave convenience, Stove Top Stuffing is on sale this week for 99 cents for a 6-ounce box, and Mrs. Smith’s pies are two for $5.
At Gabriel’s Supermarket in Scotia, prices on holiday fare are holding steady this year, said store manager Tom Lancaster.
Frozen turkeys are $1.59 per pound and fresh turkeys $1.79.
The store has stocked up on holiday must-haves like celery, onions and potatoes.
White potatoes are selling for $1.99 for a five-pound bag, Lancaster said.
Gabriel’s offers pre-cooked turkey dinners but they’re not in high demand, said Lancaster.
Capital Region Price Chopper Supermarkets are selling turkeys for rock-bottom prices this week. House of Raeford frozen turkeys are 49 cents per pound and Shady Brook Farms fresh turkeys are 99 cents per pound.
The store is also offering special deals on the top 100 items people buy for the holiday, said spokeswoman Mona Golub.
Some customers started their Thanksgiving shopping several weeks ago, she noted, but with the holiday just a two days away, stores are now packed with people purchasing fresh produce, bread and floral arrangements.
The supermarket chain makes sure to stock up on things that sell mainly at Thanksgiving, like special seasonings and cranberry sauce.
Pre-cooked turkey dinners are available but account for only a slight percentage of the total holiday business, Golub said.