Now That it’s Lent How Much are Louisiana Crawfish Fans Paying ?
This past Friday afternoon and into the early evening the lines were long at two different places in Louisiana. The first long lines were observed around various Catholic Churches and KC Halls around the state as many of those groups offered a Friday Fish Fry for the first Friday of the Lenten Season.
The second of the two long lines were generated by the faithful who welcomed in the Lenten Season with crawfish from various crawfish boiling houses and restaurants around the state. Naturally, the crawfish line led to a few complaints but most of those that I heard were about the wait to get served.
Of course, the other pain point when it comes to crawfish is the price. Right now the primary pain point, availability, appears to be satisfied and based on projections from crawfish experts around the state the prospects for a good season are really high.
When it comes to price there is some wiggle room in that statistic too. Most of us, I know I am, are willing to pay more per pound for bigger mudbugs. They don't have to be miniature lobsters but I do want to be rewarded with a nice bit of meat for all the effort I put into peeling.
The Crawfish App which was developed for smartphone users who love crawfish is showing crawfish prices around the state are starting the Lenten Season at about $5.99 a pound. That is a to-go price. You might wind up paying a little more if you choose to "dine in".
In Lafayette KATC Television and Jim Hummel do a weekly Crawdaq Index. That's where Jim breaks down the different prices they've found at the different crawfish places around Lafayette and South Louisiana. Jim's average price for a pound of boiled crawfish was $6.34. According to the KATC Index which is published every Thursday that number is about 8% higher than the average price for this time of year.
Meanwhile down the road in Baton Rouge, WBRZ Television does its own Crawfish Price Index which they feature on Fridays. The WBRZ Index suggests the average price for a pound of boiled crawfish is about .60 cheaper in the Capital City than it is in the Hub City.
Meanwhile, over close to the Texas line, KPLC in Lake Charles published its crawfish price report on Friday. And while the Lake Charles story didn't break down the prices to an average we can see by looking at the report that Lake Charles mudbugs are running closer to the Lafayette price than the Baton Rouge price.
The bottom line is crawfish are becoming more plentiful and the supply should hold steady through Good Friday and Easter which is about when the season starts to wind down for most Louisiana families.
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