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Making Money, Keeping Money: The Frugality of Some Farmer's Markets

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Frugality of Some Farmer's Markets

$7! Yes, that is all this huge amount of produce
cost me. Where you may ask? A farmer's market! Now I have heard for years what a good deal farmer's markets are but I have to say that isn't always true. But I may have found the secret. I went to the downtown farmer's market that isn't in what is considered the nicest area. It wasn't dangerous or anything, just low rent which is fine because I ain't high rent;). But I have found that when you go to the ritzy area's farmer's market where people seem to also be having a carnival and organic is the key word, you are going to pay a lot more. Now compare that to this little neighborhood market that is year round and most of the people there are also growing organically. While a farmer's market is usually a good deal over a supermarket, make sure you compare all the markets in your town before you pick a favorite! Now I will be hitting a couple different ones on a regular basis just because I want the pomegranites and cauliflower that are carried at another one but I have now found a favorite. It is already bringing down my food budget and isn't that the best way to save money?
(Just for comparison, this bunch of kale was only $1!)

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  • You are lucky you can go to the Farmers Market now. I miss ours and eagerly await its reopening in May.

    By Blogger Fairion, At February 11, 2009 at 4:42 AM  

  • We have three farmer's markets near us, and they're all incredibly expensive! It's awesome that you got all that for $7.

    By Blogger Mrs. Sprinkles, At February 11, 2009 at 5:20 AM  

  • Wow, great haul! :)
    Our farmers market will be opening soon. I am already seeing homegrowers selling on the side of the road.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 11, 2009 at 8:08 AM  

  • Yummy! You did a great job!

    By Blogger Unknown, At February 11, 2009 at 2:22 PM  

  • I really need to check out our Farmer's Market. It's just so hard since I live in the 'burbs. Our local 'burbs market is fancy and organic (and expensive). I just can't seem to justify spending the gas money to get to downtown Nashville.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 11, 2009 at 7:33 PM  

  • I hadnt thought about shopping around for a farmers market for cheaper prices. Good thinking. Thanks for sharing.

    By Blogger Elizabeth Symington, At February 13, 2009 at 4:12 PM  

  • I really need to start looking around for some new ones this season. The few I have been to are horrible and not too cheap.


    By Blogger Niki Jolene, At May 6, 2009 at 3:42 PM  

  • You are so lucky! We went to our local farmers market this weekend, but prices are SO high here! The asparagus was $6.00/lb and a small bag of lettuce (about 3 cups of spring mix) was $3.19 -- I'm hoping as the summer progresses that the prices will go down a little bit! Good for you though!

    By Anonymous Lisa, At May 6, 2009 at 4:08 PM  

  • Sorry to nitpick, but that's not kale, it's Swiss Chard (the white ribbed) and Rainbow Chard (the red ribbed).

    I love Farmer's Markets!! Looks like you got some great deals!

    By Blogger Peachtree, At February 19, 2010 at 9:34 AM  

  • I wish it were the season to go here in Jersey. You have inspired me to try them again. Last year the ones I went to were so overpriced. But then they WERE in nicer neighborhoods.

    Thanks for sharing!

    By Blogger Niki Jolene, At February 19, 2010 at 10:05 AM  

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