By Paul Schmitt
With the Easter weekend approaching, consumers will be heading to area grocery stores and see food prices comparable to a year ago. According to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, the 16 basic food items to prepare meals totaled $50.14 which was only $1.16, or 2.4 percent higher than last year. Econofoods Store Manager John Calhoun says an early Easter and stable prices bode well for a busy weekend.
Milk prices dropped from $3.25 a gallon to $2.96 a gallon while white bread and sliced deli ham decreased slightly. The USDA estimates that Americans will still spend about ten percent of their disposable annual income on food, the lowest in the world.