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An unusually busy Tuesday morning at Whole Foods on Houston Street, shoppers quickly scurry through the aisles, packing their carts with the makings of a Thanksgiving feast.
Most of these aisle-scavengers seem to be of parental age, the majority of which are female–likely mothers preparing for the Thursday feast.
Appropriate for the day nicknamed “Turkey Day”, dozens upon dozens of naked turkeys are arranged in a cooler. One woman, who was responsible for bringing turkey to a 30-person potluck dinner, dragged a wagon full of two large turkeys.
Most of these New York consumers scoffed when told that the average cost for a family of ten is a mere $50, according to the American Farm Bureau; a middle-aged lady that was purchasing materials for family of four simply replied at this statistic: “no way.” The turkeys at Whole Foods are listed at $3.99 per pound, which amounts to roughly $75 for one large turkey.
Besides the centerpiece poultry, multiple flavors of pie are stacked on individual racks with a colorful poster advertising their package deal, in which a combination of three pies can be purchased for $19.99.
A noticeable number of Manhattaners seem to utilize the pick-up service from Whole Foods, allowing for quick entry and exit of the store. Essentially, the store does the shopping for the customer; the only thing required is payment.
Still, multiple customers push their packed and hefty carts, visibly over the estimated $50 average, to the cashiers. Centuries after the establishment of the holiday, the feast lives on.