Study Says Farmers Markets Offers Lowest Prices

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Farmers Markets have the lowest prices for organic produce, according to a recent study.

This is another obvious reason to come to the Burien Farmer’s Market, which goes from 11am to 6pm every Thursday.

The other reason of course is to come visit the B-Town Blog booth, to see us blogging “live” on the spot (and perhaps suggest a story idea right there).

Some people assume that dealing directing with farmers might be more expensive, but this study shows that it can actually cost you less.

“This is direct marketing, so the farmer doesn’t have to go through the middle man at the grocery store, and so it really helps the local farmers,” said Alan Worthington, of Appel Farms.

A Seattle University study shows when buying organic produce, it’s cheaper at a farmers market than a grocery store by up to 30 percent.

Organic produce averages $4.46 per pound at the Broadway QFC, $3.19 a pound at the Madison Co-op and $2.95 at the Broadway Farmers Market.

“There are misconceptions. There are people I talk to who think they’re doing farmers a favor by shopping at the farmers market or think they would have to pay extra for the farmers market,” said Stacey Jones, Seattle University professor.

For those who eat organic, buying directly from farmer may be the best bet.

As always, the Burien Farmers Market opens at 11am and goes until 6pm on 10th Ave SW between SW 152nd and 151std in Olde Burien:

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