This is from an online article that I retrieved Wednesday May 11, 2011 from Barry Estabrook of Vermont.
“We’re all familiar with the accepted gospel: Only well-heeled food snobs can afford the exorbitant prices charged for those attractively displayed baby greens and heirloom tomatoes at farmers’ markets, while those who can’t afford such greener-than-thou food-purchasing decisions must paw through limp broccoli, wilted lettuce, and tennis-ball tomatoes at supermarket produce departments.
It may come as a surprise that there has been virtually no formal studies to support this widely accepted contention, and the few studies that have been conducted call its veracity into question.
A report released earlier this year by Jake Robert Claro, a graduate student at Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy who did the study for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, found that prices at farmers’ markets were lower for many conventionally produced grocery items than they were at supermarkets. For organic items, farmers’ markets beat grocery stores every time hands down.”
Read More: http://politicsoftheplate.com/?p=864
New Study Compares Prices at Farmers’ Markets and Supermarkets. The Results Might Surprise You.
From my experience, at the farmers’ market the quantities of veggies and fruits are always more than enough to share and a bargain for the price.
Farmer’s Markets are open somewhere near you.