Let’s Talk Turkey: How Much Will Thanksgiving Dinner Set You Back?

If you’re looking for an excuse to get out of hosting Thanksgiving, then here’s something you’ll need to know: You can’t blame the cost of turkey. Nope – as it turns out, the price of Thanksgiving Day dinner this year is roughly the same as it was in 2014. That’s according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), an advocacy organization that conducts an informal price survey each year regarding the cost of the holiday meal. The group says that the total cost for a Thanksgiving Day dinner for 10 people will set you back just a smidge over $50. That figure is up less than $1 from 2014. The organization’s announcement—which, just to stress again, is not scientific and is not indicative in any way of the overall U.S. inflation rate—notes that the price of a turkey is essentially unchanged from 2014, with a 16-pound bird retailing for around […]

Let’s Talk Turkey: How Much Will Thanksgiving Dinner Set You Back?

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A Thanksgiving Staple, The Cranberry Is Also an Insanely Fascinating Fruit. (Trust Us.)

Cranberry sauce is a classic Thanksgiving staple, with its characteristic can-shape and ridged rings. But have you ever thought about where the actual fruit comes from? We did, so we spoke with Jeff LaFleur, a cranberry farmer and owner of Mayflower Cranberries. It only takes a few minutes of talking with LaFleur to realize there is a lot more that goes into cranberry farming than you might have realized. For starters, the cranberry is one of only three fruits native to North America that are commercially grown, according to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association. (The other two are the blueberry and the Concord grape.) There are also more than 100 varieties of cranberries, which Native Americans ate for hundreds of years before they were first cultivated in the early 19th century. While this was all news to us, LaFleur was pretty familiar with the cranberry even before he purchased […]

A Thanksgiving Staple, The Cranberry Is Also an Insanely Fascinating Fruit. (Trust Us.)

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The Future of New Jersey’s Speakeasy Vintage & Its Brick and Mortar Peers

Speakeasy Vintage in Montclair, New Jersey, offers curated pieces from the 1920s to the 1980s.

The Future of New Jersey’s Speakeasy Vintage & Its Brick and Mortar Peers

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Helping Arizona’s Students See and Hear Their Best

When you go to a football game and the scoreboard is blurry, it might be hard to keep track of who’s winning. Similarly, kids who don’t realize they could be seeing more clearly might understandably have a tough time seeing the math problem their teacher is writing out on the chalkboard (they still have chalkboards, don’t they?). Many students, at some point, will have their eyesight, hearing, and languge skills tested by the school nurse. But not every school has a nurse. So what happens then? And did you ever realize there’s a massive trail of paperwork associated with screenings of this kind? To tackle the administrative challenges and ensure that students are learning to the best of their abilities, a team of teachers and speech pathologists in Arizona launched AZ Vision and Hearing. Not only does the team conduct the screenings and handle the paperwork for schools, but they […]

Helping Arizona’s Students See and Hear Their Best

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Can Mushrooms Replace Plastic Packaging? At Ecovative, They Already Are

Plastic has long been the world's most popular packaging. But startup Ecovative has created sustainable packaging from mushrooms. Yes, the vegetable.

Can Mushrooms Replace Plastic Packaging? At Ecovative, They Already Are

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Getting Married? Meet (and Maybe Book) This Professional Wedding Officiant

There's a new kind of wedding entrepreneur: Professional wedding officiants like Samora Smith, the founder of Common Ground Ceremonies.

Getting Married? Meet (and Maybe Book) This Professional Wedding Officiant

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The GrubHub Effect: What does it mean for restaurants?

The Cutthroat Restaurant Industry It’s tough to make it in the restaurant industry. But a new report confirms what many people have long known: GrubHub is helping thousands of entrepreneurs to both expand their restaurants’ reach and increase revenue. Count Leah Wilcox, the founder of Chicago food truck and catering company Babycakes, among this group. Babycakes partnered early on with the online ordering platform. “I was trying to figure out a way to keep my business open during the winter, and I saw there weren’t a lot of places that deliver breakfast. I thought since I have a pretty unique menu that it would work, and it did,” Wilcox tells Free Enterprise. “I love how we see a lot of back-and-forth business that is always growing. If we take the truck out, people see the truck and want to order catering. If we send an order through GrubHub, they find […]

The GrubHub Effect: What does it mean for restaurants?

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It’s Time for Global Entrepreneurship Week! But What Is It?

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a worldwide celebration of entrepreneurs and how they improve quality of life and economic conditions.

It’s Time for Global Entrepreneurship Week! But What Is It?

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