If you’re an avid supporter of organics, it’s not uncommon to feel a little bit of sticker shock at check-out. Thankfully, organics don’t have to be out of reach. There are ways to save on healthy organic food:
A new way to save!
You can save even more money on organics if you shop your local farmers’ market. Older research shows that the typical consumer perception assumes that farmers’ markets are more expensive, but that’s not actually true. According to a new report, Vermont Farmers’ Markets and Grocery Stores: A Price Comparison (pdf), most organic produce is more expensive at grocery stores than it is at the typical farmers’ market.
This new report notes that organics on average, cost 40% less than the same items at grocery stores and some farmers’ market items, such as melons and lettuce only cost half as much as their regular grocery store counterparts.
Luckily, it’s not that hard to find a good farmers’ market anymore. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that 15 years ago there were just 1,755 farmers’ markets across the country, but currently we’ve got 5,274 farmers’ markets to choose from.