The Farm Bureau's shopping list assumes the consumer is cooking from scratch; the menu has remained unchanged since 1986 to allow for consistent price comparisons. Items include a 16-pound turkey, a dozen rolls, 1-pound relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, cubed stuffing, sweet potatoes, coffee and milk, cranberries, peas and miscellaneous ingredients — enough to feed 10 people.
Adjusted for inflation, the average meal costs less than it did in 1986 when the survey began.
Mike Spradling, president of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, said that's because of agriculture producers' increased efficiency. Through genetic engineering and genetic cross breeding, farmers are able to produce more pounds of product on less land, he explains.
“Food is still a tremendous bargain in this country. I think that's important for the consumer to know,” he said.