Last week I made something for the coffee hour after church. Trying to jazz up my cheese spread, I decided I'd put some leeks in there. This required the purchase of one (1) leek. One. And it cost $3.15. I was so shocked at checkout that I just paid it. As I checked the receipt, I realized that the butter was surprisingly expensive, too.
All produce has gotten super expensive. And I'm extremely surprised at how little it's being talked about. There was this Washington Post story:
The cost of a Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S. will jump 13 percent this year, the biggest gain in two decades, as prices rose for everything from turkey to green peas to milk, the American Farm Bureau Federation said.
A meal for 10 people on the holiday, which falls on Nov. 24 this year, will rise to $49.20 from $43.47 last year, the biggest increase since 1990, based on foods traditionally served including stuffing and pumpkin pie, the farm group said today in a release.
Now, I'd love to see someone make a huge Thanksgiving meal for that price, but maybe I just live in an even higher cost area. I mean, one leek at $3.15 isn't going to go terribly far for 10 people this Thanksgiving.
Looks like that covers only a turkey, frozen green peas (frozen?), pumpkin pie mix out of a can, whipping cream, whole milk, stuffing, rolls, cranberries, and three pounds of sweet potatoes. Which sort of sounds like the saddest Thanksgiving ever.
In any case, I know that we eat better in this country than anywhere else, and for cheaper, too. But these prices are getting out of control, aren't they?