© 2023 St. Louis Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Thanksgiving Day Meal Higher In Missouri Than National Average, Farm Bureau Says

roast turkey
M.Rehemtulla | Flickr

Missourians will spend more money on their Thanksgiving Day meals than the average American, according to data gathered by the Missouri Farm Bureau.

Based on this year's survey, it costs $50.52 in Missouri to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for 10 people, or $5.05 a person, that contains the following:

  • One 16-pound turkey
  • Cubed stuffing
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Peas
  • Brown-and-serve rolls with butter
  • Carrot and celery sticks
  • Milk and coffee
  • Two pumpkin pies with real whipped cream

The Farm Bureau's Diane Olson says the national average came in this year at $49.41, or $4.94 per person.
"There were a few items that (Missouri was) less on, some that the (rest of the country) were less on," Olson said, "so on average it's really a good meal for that price."

Olson says the culprit for Missouri's higher price tag was not the turkey, but dairy products.

"All three of the dairy products that we're utilizing – a gallon of whole milk for beverage, a half-pint of whipped cream for the topping for our pumpkin pies, and then a half-pound of butter for the brown-and-serve rolls – those prices were all up from last year," Olson said.  "They were all higher than the national average."

Olson says although production is good right now, there's also a great demand for dairy products globally.

The Farm Bureau survey also shows the average price for turkey in Missouri is $1.24 cents a pound, which is less than the national average of $1.35 a pound.

Follow Marshall Griffin on Twitter:  @MarshallGReport

Marshal was a political reporter for St. Louis Public Radio until 2018.