The rising cost of food is unavoidable. There is nothing quite like watching the register ring up a grocery bill and emptying your wallet onto the conveyor belt when living on a limited budget. Eating local fresh produce sometimes gets a bad rap given the misconception that food raised on smaller local farms must be more expensive. In short – it’s not. Just check out your HM&F produce box and do a price comparison with your local retailers. We recently compared the cost of our veggie box with the same items from a national chain and we were ~36% below what you would pay at that store. That didn’t include other costs associated with long distance shipping, environmental concerns, and public health issues that come with large corporate farms – organic or conventional. The cost of food from corporate farms in other states or countries can artificially make the cost seem lower than it really is.
This past Saturday we purchased two Po-boys from a local retailer on Magazine Street and compared the cost to our Veggie-box. The Po-boys provided one lunch for two people and the veggie box provides two people with enough produce for about a week.
HM&F Veggie-box Po-boys_____________________
Peaches 1 Large Shrimp Dressed on French
Plums 1 Large Ham & Cheese Dressed on French
Long Green Eggplant
Brown Jasmine Rice
Baby Bella Mushrooms
Green Bell Peppers
Total Cost: $25.00 Total Cost: $25.07