As you’ve probably noticed, the price of pretty much everything is up this year — and your Thanksgiving turkey is no exception. The American Farm Bureau has yet to chime in with their annual Thanksgiving dinner cost analysis.
But last Friday, a USDA report showed smaller 8-to-16 pound frozen turkeys were selling for $1.41 per pound, up from $1.15 last year. That’s a 22% increase. Fresh small birds were even more expensive at $1.47 per pound, about 15 cents more than last year.
Officials say the turkey troubles are also compounded by the fact that the total number of turkeys available at stores is down 6% compared to 2020.