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SC Commissioner Weathers: Thanksgiving

  • It’s time for one of my favorite days all year: Thanksgiving.
  • Depending on who you ask, you might be paying a little more or a lot more for your Thanksgiving meal this year.
  • American Farm Bureau reports that the cost of Thanksgiving dinner is up 20 percent over last year. They show the average cost for a 10-person Thanksgiving at $64.05 nationwide in 2022.
  • Meanwhile, USDA is reporting that the cost of Thanksgiving ingredients increased between 1% and 6% over last year, depending on the item.
  • It’s important to note that farmers aren’t profiting more off that extra money you pay at the supermarket. Inflation, fuel prices, seed, fertilizer and many other costs go into that increase.
  • You can find local foods for your Thanksgiving table by looking for the Certified South Carolina label.
  • There are lots of South Carolina foods in season right now that we put on our Thanksgiving tables:
    • Collards
    • Turnip greens
    • Mustard greens
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Pecans
    • Apples
    • And of course turkey, ham, eggs, dairy products, oysters and more.
  • Above all, I’m thankful for all the hard work South Carolina farmers have put in this year.
  • Happy Thanksgiving!