Survey Shows Thanksgiving Meals Are Cheaper To Prepare This Year

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Californians might enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner a little more knowing that they’ve saved some money at the supermarket. 

A new survey says turkey and the trimmings are a little cheaper this year. 

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports...
The American Farm Bureau has been tracking Thanksgiving meal prices for the past 24 years. 

Its 2009 survey shows that Americans will spend about four-percent less on their holiday feast compared to last year.   

Dave Kranz with the California Farm Bureau Federation says lower gasoline prices are making food more affordable. 

He says the recession also is a factor...
Kranz:  “The demand for a lot of food products has come off somewhat and that’s also affected prices. That’s been a particular factor in the dairy business. California dairy farmers and farmers across the country have seen the prices they earn for milk plummet pretty sharply...”
In fact, Kranz says, California dairy farmers have been struggling with low milk prices all year long. 

As for turkeys, Kranz says California ranks seventh in the nation for sales of the birds. 

He says if you bought a frozen turkey, it probably came from another state, but most fresh turkeys are raised locally.