American Farm Bureau Federation cost comparison of an average summer July 4th cookout to a year ago shows consumers will pay a few cents more for their favorite cookout foods.
Farm Bureau analysis shows the average cost of a summer cookout for 10 people is $59.50, or less than $6 per person. That is up 16 cents, or less than 1 percent, from last year, but is 8 percent higher compared to 2019.
The largest price increase was for strawberries, up 22 percent from last year due to strong demand and the effects of several weather events.
Retail prices for meat are lower this year after beef and pork processing plant disruptions in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been resolved.
Farm Bureau’s cookout menu consists of cheeseburgers, pork chops, chicken breasts, homemade potato salad, pork and beans, strawberries, potato chips and fresh-squeezed lemonade with ice cream and chocolate chip cookies for dessert.
The survey tracks closely with the Consumer Price Index reports. Farmers receive approximately 8 percent of every food marketing dollar.