A friend of mine runs the Dunedin Locavores group on Facebook.
She did a price comparison recently between her regular shopping list at our local Otago Farmer's Market and the local chain supermarket.
The results were surprising, as you will see.
Supermarkets spend big dollars advertising what good value they are, and how they're the cheapest way to feed your family.
These figures suggest otherwise.
- Broccoli x 4 ($2.50 for 2) $5.00
- Yams 1kg ($5 for 2 x 500gm) $5.00
- Cauliflower ($2.50 per head) $2.50
- Free range eggs 6 doz ($8 tray) $16.00
- Celery x 1(small bunch $2.50) $2.50
- Spring onions x 1 (bunch $1.50) $1.50
- Baby carrots 300gm ($3.00) $1.50
- Granny smith apples 5kg ($7) $7.00
- Bacon freerange 250gm $9.50
- Spinach 1 x bag ($2.50) $2.50
- Total: $53.00
- Broccoli x 4 ($2.00 ea) $8.00
- Yams 1kg ($6.98 per kg) $7.00
- Cauliflower ($2.59 per head) $2.60
- Free range eggs 6 doz ($7.65) $45.90
- Celery x 1 half bunch ($1.89) $1.90
- Spring onions x 1 ($1.98) $2.00
- Baby carrots 300gm ($4.48) $4.50
- Granny smith apples ($3.48kg) $17.40
- Bacon farmed 250gm $8.99
- Spinach 1 x bag ($5.00) $5.00
- Total: $103.30
Is there any such thing as a cheap supermarket, really?
I'd have expected the Farmer's Market to be a little cheaper, but the figures above suggest you can do your weekly shop at the market for less than half it would cost you at the supermarket.
Supermarkets commonly advertise specials that discount products by a few cents, but the Farmer's Market is winning out with fifty percent discounts or more.
Or, arguably, you could say the supermarket is simply charging you twice as much.
So - where are you going to shop?
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