Non-organic farmers' market cantaloupe, cucumbers, lettuce, and peas were better buys than their supermarket counterparts. With the exception of eggs and potatoes, the other non-organic farmers' market items surveyed were between 10 and 20 percent more expensive. Conventional eggs were 43 percent more expensive and potatoes 58 percent more expensive--differences that Claro said were expected, given the economies of scale industrial-sized egg and potato producers enjoy.(In the excerpt above, Estabrook is discussing the findings from a report issued by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont.)
Astoundingly, organic items at farmers' markets were nearly 40 percent cheaper than they were at neighboring supermarkets.
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