Our own National Turkey Pricing Guide to help measure Inflation, supply chain issues & just for fun
I am suggesting that as we purchase our birds for Thanksgiving, or related supplies as it may pertain to your family's celebration - [AKA pies, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, what have you] - that we snap a quick photo or describe the product, it's pricing, quantity purchased (for price comparison purpose) and if you don't object something that indicates the very general geographic location where the purchase was made (Nothing specific, something on the order of northeast, mid-west, southwest, etcetera works just fine)
I think this could be prove to be fun. I recall that the bobble heads on TV often will report on the average cost of a Turkey Day dinner. We could use our data as a measure to see how well the reported costs match up to what we see in our own unscientific research. Any other interesting observations can also be conveyed.
Purchased a 23.4 pound frozen turkey from a turkey farm here in the northeast.
Price per pound $4.29
Observations (2) 1st was that the owner at this location described a supply chain issue with their regular supplier of breading that this farm uses to create stuffing that gets sold separately to their customers. Their supplier was not able to supply them with product, as they customarily had in years past. This lack of supply came at a critical time in the process of making stuffing for the upcoming holiday. The process of making their stuffing involves prepping the breading, adding seasoning, toasting the breading mixture and packaging the product, and that's at a minimum. Now in the quantity this farm produces for holiday sales it naturally requires additional seasonal labor. This brings up the 2nd observation, which was also conveyed by the owner, which was that despite advertising their need for help and the fact that they had open job vacancies readily available to be filled, they have, thus far, been unsuccessful in obtaining any of the help they've needed. It was implied that this shortage of labor was something unexpected or, at the very least, was something that they hadn't experienced in the same way ever before.
Conclusions: (3) 1st is that it would seem that there are still enough people who are (A) either earning enough that they don't need additional part time or seasonal work to supplement their income, (B) are getting enough unearned benefits that they currently don't feel the need to seek out work, or (C) have altogether left the job market (either don't care to work anymore, or perhaps they moved out of that area/city/state).
2nd Conclusion is that labor constraints, supply chain issues and perhaps inflationary price increases are affecting small family businesses disproportionately harder than large box stores / national brand products. (I realized that isn't surprising - but it's not just that, it's also that it isn't as easy for these small businesses to pass on that hurt in the same, or in another but equally as effective, way as the big guys are doing. For a farm like this it's a double gut punch).
3rd conclusion is that, if past performance can be used as a metric to gauge future expectations, then, despite a higher initial cost over chain store birds, this turkey is going to be well worth the $100 price tag I paid because I'm telling you, last years bird was absolutely freaking phenomenal!
One final note, up until two years ago we always did a fresh bird. Then covid hit and I knew I didn't want to deal with those lines and the insanity that surrounds them. So we bought a frozen one, just like we did this year. The only difference I could detect last year was that having avoided standing in those lines 2-3 days before T-day to get my bird was joyous, and the bird itself tasted absolutely the same and perhaps, maybe it was just my imagination, but I think even a little bit better usual.