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Is the Harvest Market a Better Buy? Patch Investigates

Springtime fare abounds at the Harvest Festival, but at what price?

In the interest of saving money, Patch took a sampling of Harvest Market produce and compared those prices with . Overall, it seems the Harvest Market came out smelling sweeter! For your viewing pleasure, enjoy our mouthwatering photo gallery of the Harvest Market.

Price at the Harvest Market Price at Vons Artichoke 2.50/piece 3.50/piece (jumbo size)
Carrots 1.50/bunch (more than a pound)
0.99/lb
Brussel Sprouts 2.50/lb 2.99/lb Strawberries 3.00/basket, 8.00/3 baskets
4.49/lb (a bit more than a pound)
Radishes 1.00/2 bunches
0.99/bunch (large)
Potatoes 1.35/lb 1.49/lb, depending on the variety
Garlic 1.00/3 cloves
1.00/2 cloves
Swiss Chard 2.50/lb 2.99/lb Yams 1.35/lb not available Fava Beans 2.00/lb not available Candy Cane Beets 2.00/bunch not available Lemons 1.00/3 lemons
1.00/2 lemons
Cathleen Watkins April 01, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Prices may be better, but there did not appear to be a single certified organic vendor at the Montrose Farmer's market last Sunday. Where's the organic produce?
Philipp Sander April 02, 2011 at 06:42 AM
Cathleen, I believe you're right - during my stroll last weekend, I didn't see any organic produce, as far as I know. I wasn't looking out for it though, since we were focussed on a price comparison between a supermarket and a farmers' market. Vons does carry some organic produce, though. I personally believe that organic is not the only aspect one should consider while shopping for produce. More important in my opinion is the distance the goods have traveled from the farm - Although pesticides are bad for the environment, and may cause health problems, opting for organic produce from halfaway across the country, or even worse, from a different continent instead of "normally" grown produce from the Central Valley ist just ruinous for the climate - which in my opinion is something we should worry about first. (Of course, if we really want to get into the whole food awareness thingie, we should consider the treatment of laborers who work on the farm, the varieties planted and the general sustainability of our food - but those are many other, complicated issues).
Cathleen Watkins April 02, 2011 at 04:08 PM
I mostly agree. I also would not buy organic blueberries from Chile. I'd just like to see the addition of some organic vendors at our local farmer's market, so that shoppers have an organic option.
Montrose Harvest Market Man April 02, 2011 at 08:51 PM
To the above Harvest Market attendees. Last week's weather report indicated a 70% chance of rain in the morning hours. When rain is in the forecast, the Harvest Market shrinks to produce only and many of the growers who come from the Santa Barbara area, etc., may not participate. As it happened, the weather reports were wrong. The weather cleared to a lovely day, but many of the vendors were out due to the prediction of rain. A number of the antique, collectibles and craft vendors did stick it out and had terrific sales. This explains the diminished inventory of organic produce last week.
Philipp Sander April 03, 2011 at 02:37 AM
@Montrose Harvest Market Man: That is an interesting piece of information, indeed - perhaps we will follow up with an organic produce comparison soon, whenever we get a better forecast!

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