Plenty of Turkeys for Thanksgiving

If the doom-saying turkey pundits had been right, we’d all be eating ham this Thanksgiving. Last summer, after a devastating outbreak of avian flu in the big turkey-producing states in the Midwest, which supposedly killed over 8 million poultry, the national media predicted the prices for the surviving turkeys would soar, especially turkeys for the holidays.
Fortunately, thanks to the resilience of the American farmers, and contrary to those dismal predictions, there is an abundant availability of turkeys which are selling for some of the lowest prices in years. Consumers and supermarkets are getting a good buy. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, for the week ending last Friday, the average retail price for frozen whole hen turkeys was 90 cents a pound, a penny less than last year.

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