High Prices at the Farmers MarketI still hear people say they cannot afford to shop at a farmers' market. They argue only the well heeled can afford to buy free-range eggs and heirloom tomatoes at those pricey venues.
The only thing is, that idea does not stand up to scrutiny. A 2011 study for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont turned up surprising results. Prices were actually lower at the farmers' markets, particularly for organic items.
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Those findings were similar to what the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture discovered in a 2009 survey of Iowa products. And two years earlier, University of Washington students compared prices between a Seattle supermarket and a nearby farmers' market. In all three cases - Vermont, Iowa, and Seattle - farmers' markets prices were generally lower than or, at worst, equal to supermarket prices.
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