Gobbling Down Low Prices

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This is one of the busiest weeks of the year, for grocery stores across the valley and it also could be a very happy week for shoppers. 

A record plunge in food prices has consumers gobbling up Thanksgiving classics.  

“Well it’s starting to pick up today, like in the evening it starts to pick up around 4 o’clock as people are getting off work and starting to do their shopping,” Susan Royce said.   

This is one of Baesler’s busiest times of the year. 

For baking associate Susan Royce it’s also her favorite time, as the bakery ramps up production of sweet treats for Thursday big day.  

“That’s true I do like that, taking simple ingredients and making them into something that people enjoy and share with their families,” Royce said.  

Pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, turkey, and green beans are just some of the holiday favorites on people’s Thanksgiving tables. 

And this year the cost of that meal has dropped.  

An American Farm Bureau Survey found that classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table have been on the decline for the last 3 years.  

The average cost of this year’s feast is 48 dollars and 90 cents for 10 people, that’s less than 5 per person.  

So, has this caused more people to fill their baskets? 

“I think yes and no,” Kristien O’Hart said. “But really no because it’s all things people are going to buy for their Thanksgiving meal anyway but maybe they have some extra room to splurge in other places.”  

Preparing for Thanksgiving started last year, the people with this store had to make sure the shelves are stocked and ready for the holiday rush.  

And the most popular items… 

“Definitely things like pumpkin pie and turkey,” O’Hart said. “It’s kind of funny that a lot of people don’t normally look forward to the turkey, but they eat it just because it’s Thanksgiving.”   

One of the most popular items isn’t one you wouldn’t normally think is a dish for Thanksgiving, birthday cake.  

Baesler’s says they’ve filled several orders of cake from people looking to celebrate their birthday before the big day. 

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