"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."Barry says the claim that "only well-heeled food snobs" can afford to shop at farmers markets is untrue, that "the few studies that have been conducted call its veracity into question."
- New Study Compares Prices At Farmers’ Markets And Supermarkets. The Results Might Surprise You., Politics of the Plate, May 10, 2011
The study's lead author:
"It’s promising to see that regardless of the region, these studies are holding up. This trend is going to grow stronger. Maybe that will put the elitist perception to rest."
Regardless of the region...
If it's true that we could save money by buying our food at farmers' markets instead of grocery stores, that the food would be of better quality, organic, local, and taste better, then why don't more people of the Mississippi Delta, where obesity rates are the highest in the nation, shop at farmers' markets?
Maybe they do. This story by NPR correspondant Debbie Elliott who recently visited the area suggests they don't:
"Usually you just couldn't find [fresh fruits and vegetables]. But when you could find them in a local convenience store, the selection and quality of produce was pretty sorry. It turned out that people who really want quality fresh produce must drive 30 to 45 minutes to find a good grocery store."The video that accompanied the NPR story:
In one grocery store I visited, sugary drinks were right in the produce case, and were cheaper than buying a bunch of bananas that were starting to turn black."
- What Makes Bad Food So Good? Thoughts On America's Most Obese Region, National Public Radio, May 19, 2011