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(INDIANAPOLIS) – Your Fourth of July cookout will cost you about eight dollars more this year.
The Indiana Farm Bureau compiles a price index each year on a dozen typical cookout items, from ground beef to potato salad. The Farm Bureau calculates buying enough food for 10 people will set you back $64.32. That’s 13% more than last year, but more than five dollars below the Midwestern and national averages.
Ice cream and chicken show the biggest price spikes. The cost of a half gallon of ice cream and two pounds of chicken breast account for more than half the increase over last year.
10 of the 12 items cost more than last year, but strawberries and lemonade are actually cheaper in Indiana this year.
The Farm Bureau’s index also includes pork chops, pork and beans, hamburger buns, cheese, chips, and cookies.