H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Nov 16, 2012 2:47 AM by Kathy Kuretich

Thanksgiving meal at Farmer's Market, what you can get, and how much will it cost

Thanksgiving is one week away, and many of us are thinking about carving into that turkey.
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the average cost of dinner for ten will set you back $49.48.
AFBF sent 155 volunteer shoppers to check prices in 35 states.
But how much will it cost you to buy at a local farmer's market? We went to Thursday night's Farmer's Market in San Luis Obispo, Thursday.
We took the list from the American Farm Bureau Bederation and came up short finding eggs, sugar, flour, evaporated milk, whipping cream, cranberries and the star of the show... the turkey.
But we did have luck with the majority of our list.
At Farmer's Market, we found locally grown, sweet potatoes, peas, bread, milk, carrots, celery, onions, and homemade pumpkin pie.
A lot of the items on the AFBF list were pre-packaged, like pumpkin pie mix, and cubed stuffing... which are cheaper.
Nothing like that at Farmer's -- everything is fresh.
The items we were able to pick up, set us back $68-dollars, the AFBF price for similar foods $19.88.
"Certain things you will pay more, certain things you'll actually pay a little bit less. Keep it local, money stays local and we all win in a sense," said Marco Cortez of Cortez Farms in Santa Maria.
Although we couldn't find turkeys at Farmer's Market, we did find a couple places like Rinconada in Santa Margarita and Nature's Touch Nursery and Harvest in Templeton.
They sell heritage turkeys, locally raised for about $8-dollars a pound.
Store bought, commercially bred turkeys will run $1.39 a pound.
Not exactly comparing apples to apples, but if you want to keep your dollars local and get an arguably healthier meal, then it is possible to get most of your Thanksgiving dinner at Farmer's Market.

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