We have a local fruit and vegetable stand close to our house that I love to go to. The produce is always fresh and a great value. I headed there today while I was out running my errands and decided to do a comparison between the produce stand and the grocery store (Fred Meyer, in this case). Here's what I got:
Price at Produce Stand
Price at Fred Meyer
Baby Carrots (organic)
Green Leaf Lettuce
0.77 lbs (2)
Total at Produce Stand = $20.59
Total at Fred Meyer = $29.76
By shopping at the produce stand, I saved 30% over grocery store prices!!!
I did buy Fuji apples at Fred Meyer because I had seen in the ad paper they were on sale for $0.68 a pound versus $1.29 at the produce stand.
So there is two tips for you. 1) Check out a local produce stand for great prices on fruits and vegetables, but (2) don't assume they have the lowest price. Always check your ad papers before your shopping trip.