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I went through sticker shock, in general, when we moved to Manhattan...
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Posted to Thread #24685 at 8:49 pm on Jul 14, 2013
But the Morgiewicz produce stand is cheaper, and better quality, than Whole Foods. Their prices have been stable for the last two years, and I think they mention in that article that they try to keep their prices down. (They're cheaper than the rest of the vendors at our greenmarket, for what it's worth.) <a href="http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket-site/manhattan/57-greenmarket">This is our greenmarket</a>. The Morgiewicz guys have carrots, $2 a bunch; giant bunch of beets for $2; onions, gorgeous heads of lettuce and greens for $2. You can cram four giant bags full of produce and not break a ten dollar bill.
But the stand next to them sells pints of strawberries and cherries for $6. A PINT. No way. I don't buy berries anyway, anywhere, when they go over $4. Given my druthers, I'd much rather support small farmers, family farms, and small businesses, instead of corporations, and I try, but I can't afford $6 berries. And I can't afford $6 eggs, either. But someone can! Those berry guys are charging what the market can support at 57th and 9th*! Same for the vendors at Union Square (but probably more so, because it's a big tourist draw). So I try to do most of my produce shopping from Morgiewicz, and I usually only buy from them (and occasionally from Meredith's Breads).
Incidentally, each vendor at this greenmarket accepts food stamps (which is great, and I think is the case for most NYC greenmarkets), so I'm not sure what that does to my "the market supports it" theory.
I think I've mentioned this before, but there's a bitter irony in the fact that Whole Foods is our most affordable local grocery store in this part of town. (Granted, we rarely buy anything processed**, so that would keep costs down anywhere.) They're so big that they can undercut the other chains here, and do so by a lot. That's where we go for meats, dairy, fruit, grains, pasta. I would gladly shop at the indie market, Westerly Foods, but it requires a surgeon's precision to steer a stroller down their tiny aisles...
*(Two blocks away from Whole Foods, as you know.)
**Not because we're snobs, but because, unless forcibly prevented, I usually inhale processed foods like a piranha going after a cow.
Other messages in this thread:
- 24685. Saturday Six - ErininNY - 12:01am on 07/14/13 (25)
- I'm not a pie maker either but a few years ago I made this [LINK] - orchid - 5:58pm on 07/14/13
- Great idea, orchid. Pie crust freezes well and crostada's seem to take the fear out - cheezz - 6:29pm on 07/14/13
- Thanks! I'll have to give this a try. :) [NT] - ErininNY - 8:50pm on 07/14/13
- Thank you for posting this. I am not a pie maker, but this looks - Dawn_MO - 4:01pm on 07/16/13
- You're welcome....I can make it! That says it all..... [NT] - orchid - 5:49pm on 07/16/13
- Let me add for those who might be trying this kind of "pie" that - orchid - 5:52pm on 07/16/13
- Erin couple questions... - Richard in Cincy - 6:24pm on 07/14/13
- That's why I don't go to the farmer's markets much anymore...SO expensive! [NT] - cheezz - 6:27pm on 07/14/13
- Ditto, I've found it's often cheaper/better quality to go to WFoods. Or at least the same price. - MariaDNoCA - 6:51pm on 07/14/13
- I'm with you Richard although ours isn't quite that bad yet. I do buy tomatoes and - Janet in NC - 6:52pm on 07/14/13
- I went through sticker shock, in general, when we moved to Manhattan... - ErininNY - 8:49pm on 07/14/13
- The prices you're paying for greens, beets, carrots etc is about what I paid in - Curious1 - 4:11pm on 07/15/13
- You are pretty much paying what we do here - CathyZ from Kauai - 1:53am on 07/15/13
- That's like prices here. Were they locally grown or shipped in? [NT] - Curious1 - 4:14pm on 07/15/13
- Locally grown. We have a lot of small farms here. [NT] - CathyZ from Kauai - 4:22pm on 07/15/13
- Dawn/MO set me straight. I hadn't been to a "farmers market" in years, then went to her old haunt.. - Michael in Phoenix - 12:30pm on 07/16/13
- Okay, I have to speak up now. (long-winded; surprise!) - Dawn_MO - 2:12pm on 07/16/13
- Prices on produce last weekend... - Dawn_MO - 2:18pm on 07/16/13
- What great prices! Wish I could shop there. I've seen corn here for $2 an ear. [NT] - Curious1 - 4:54pm on 07/17/13
- I would love to have access to what you describe, but I have not found it in this... - Michael in Phoenix - 3:49pm on 07/16/13
- Dawn, what a fantastic post. you could submit this as an article, somewhere [NT] - AngAk1 - 8:32pm on 07/16/13
- Dawn, this was a fantastic writing.... - SallyBR - 12:24pm on 07/17/13
- Such a surprise! - Sandra in New York - 7:14pm on 07/14/13
- It's ok; we were just beginning to work up a sweat. :) [NT] - ErininNY - 9:01pm on 07/14/13
- I agree! Ripe, luscious fruit is best unadulterated - colleenmomof2 - 2:25pm on 07/15/13