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Market GoodiesI regularly shop at the Ohoka farmers market on Fridays.  But one of the reservations people often have about the market is that it’s more expensive than the supermarket.

So this week I thought I’d do a quick comparison of the fruit and veg on my shopping list.  Some of the supermarket costs are from Countdown and some from New World.  It just depends on where I was shopping when I checked the prices.

Strawberries – Farmers market – $8 for a medium punnet.  I weighed this when I got home and it came in at 570 grammes.  Supermarket (New World) price: $3.49 for a 250g punnet.  Supermarket cheaper by 5 cents.

Capsicums – I bought 4 for $6 at the market which works out at $1.50 per capsicum.  The supermarket (New World) ones were $2.29 each this week.  Farmers market cheaper by 79c per capsicum.

Telegraph cucumber – I got an organic telegraph cucumber for $3 at the market.  The supermarket (New World) ones were selling at $3.29 this week.  Farmers market cheaper by 29c per cucumber.

Bag of lettuce – I paid $3 for a bag of organic lettuce leaves at the market.  Supermarket (Countdown) salad bags $3.50.  Farmers market cheaper by 50c.

Apples – I got a big bag of apples for $5.  I weighed this at home and it came in at just over 2kgs.  In the supermarket Braeburns are currently selling at $3.99 per kilo. Farmers market cheaper by $1.49 per kilo.

So, there you go.  This was just my shopping on one particular week.  It doesn’t prove one place is cheaper than the other every time.  But it does show that there are some good, seasonal bargains to be had at the market.

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