A Farm Bureau survey on typical cooking food costs – including cheese burgers, pork chops, chicken breast, homemade potato salad, pork and beans, strawberries, chips, freshly squeezed lemonade, ice cream and biscuits shows the average cost of a Summer cooking for 10 people is $ 59.50 or about $ 6 per person.

That cost is about 16 cents less than last year.

However, the cost of 2021 is about 8% higher compared to 2019.

The biggest year-on-year price increase was for strawberries.

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The survey results showed two pints of strawberries at $ 5.30, up 22% from last year. The jump is being blamed on strong demand and the effects of several weather events including heavy rain, hail and strong winds that affected the harvest earlier this year in some parts of the country.

An early frost in central western Minnesota severely damaged several local U strawberry farms.

According to U.S. Bureau of Farmers economist Veronica Nigh, the outages of the beef and pork processing plant last year during the pandemic were resolved, resulting in lower retail beef prices and pork shredding compared to the previous year. passed. But these costs are higher than 2019.

The cost of transporting, processing and packaging farm-raised food is a key component of the total cost of the menu.

It is estimated that farmers receive about 8% of every food marketing dollar.

“Farmers’ share of the retail food dollar is as low as 2% to 4% for highly processed foods like bread and cereals, and up to 35% for some fresh market products,” Nigh said.

Individual prices

  • 2 strawberries, $ 5.30 (22% more)

  • 13 ounce bag of chocolate chip cookies, $ 4.02 (11% more)

  • 8 hamburger buns, $ 1.66 (6% more)

  • 2.5 pounds homemade potato salad, $ 2.75 (3% more)

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breast, skinless, $ 6.74 (1% more)

  • 32 ounces pork and beans, $ 1.90 (down 13%)

  • 2 pounds ground beef, $ 8.20 (down 8%)

  • Half a gallon of vanilla ice cream, $ 4.69 (5% below)

  • 3 pounds chops cut in the center, $ 11.63 (2% down)

  • 2.5 liters of freshly squeezed lemonade, $ 3.65 (2% drop)

  • 1 pound sliced ​​cheese, $ 4.05 (1% down)

  • 13 ounce bag of chips, $ 4.93 (1% down)