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INDIANAPOLIS — Inflation and supply chain issues have caused prices of a lot of things in your life to go up this year, and that includes food that you’ll need to make your Thanksgiving meal with family and friends.

Indiana Farm Bureau’s annual study says a family of ten in the Hoosier state will spend an average of $53.58 on items to make a meal this holiday season.

“That’s a 12 percent increase from 2020,” says INFB Second Vice President Isabella Chism. “But that’s still less than six dollars a person.”

Graphic showing prices of Thanksgiving items, like turkey, potatoes and rolls

(PHOTO: Indiana Farm Bureau)

“There is no question that this has been a tough year,” Chism said. “Coming off the heels of the pandemic, widespread supply chain issues are pushing prices higher and the economy is stretched. This year’s Thanksgiving market basket reflects what Hoosiers are seeing when they go to their local grocery stores. However, the increased price of Thanksgiving dinner in Indiana is comparable to costs across the rest of the country.”




To conduct their survey, Indiana Farm Bureau looked at the average prices for a 16-pound turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, a veggie tray, whole milk, cranberries, ingredients for pumpkin pie and whipping cream, and miscellaneous baking items.

Of those items, some cost more in Indiana compared to the national average.

“Those three items would be the turkey, the stuffing, and the pie shells,” Chism said.

However, some items in Indiana, like the sweet potatoes, rolls, milk, and cranberries, are below the national average.

If you’re more into ham instead of turkey, INFB says you can expect to pay about $11 for a four-pound ham this year, up about 50 cents from 2020.

Although prices are higher in 2021, Chism wants to remind you of one thing.

“We’ve all gone through this past year-and-a-half together, and we’re working through it the best we possibly can. We still have a lot to be thankful for this year.”