Every year the American Farm Bureau conducts an informal survey of shoppers about this very issue, and the official increase this year is 1.3 percent on average, Americans can put a turkey dinner and all the sides like rolls, stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes, and pie, on the table for 10 people for $43.47, that's 56 cents more than last year, so not a huge jump.
Prices for everything from sweet potatoes to milk have risen because of an improvement in the overall commodities market, thanks to growing consumer demand in a recovering economy. Here in Texas, it's going to cost $46.52 for your 10 guests to eat all that food $3.05 more than the national average.
The Texas Farm Bureau's quarterly survey of 16 commonly purchased foods shows an annual increase from $50.72 in 2009 to $52.43 in 2010. That's not just a holiday meal supply issue, and at only $4.65 per person, a holiday meal here in Texas is still a bargain.