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August 18, 2011   Email to Friend 

Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
August 18, 2011

With kids starting back to school and tempuratures slowly beginning to cool down, it seems that fall is on its way. For a delicious summer send-off, fire up the grill! T-bone steaks were down 44 cents this month, averaging $8.48 a pound.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- As gas prices continue to rise nationwide, so do the prices on necessities like clothing and food. According to the latest results from the Alabama Farmers Federation's monthly food price survey, the average cost of 20 basic market basket items was $59.78, up 95 cents or 1.61 percent from July.

Higher prices on dairy items were a leading factor in this month's overall increase. Cottage cheese increased 32 cents to $2.88 a pound; ice cream increased 23 cents to $4.31 a half-gallon; milk increased 16 cents to $3.60 a half-gallon; and butter increased 2 cents to $4.61 a pound.

Items along the produce aisle also edged a bit higher. Lettuce was up 14 cents to $1.49 a head; tomatoes were up 7 cents to $1.67 a pound; and sweet potatoes were up a penny to 93 cents a pound. Red potatoes averaged 89 cents a pound for the second month in a row.

Prices along the meat aisle were mixed this month. Chicken breasts were up 12 cents to $2.23 a pound; pork chops were up 12 cents to $3.79 a pound; chuck roasts were up 8 cents to $3.90 a pound; and Boston butts were up 4 cents to $2.08 a pound. Meanwhile, T-bone steaks dropped 44 cents to $8.48 a pound; ground beef decreased 13 cents to $2.83 a pound; bacon was down 2 cents to $5.99 a pound; and whole fryers were down a penny to $1.26 a pound. Eggs averaged $1.61 a dozen, up 2 cents from July.

Regional reports collected by volunteer shoppers throughout the state August 1-10 showed the market basket averaged $57.09 in northeast Alabama, $57.29 in northwest Alabama, $62.74 in central Alabama and $64.29 in south Alabama.

Alabama Farmers Federation, a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, is the state's largest farm organization. Its county members conduct the informal monthly market basket survey as a tool to reflect retail food price trends.

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