Danika and I have been thinking a lot about food costs of late. We all know that food costs are on the rise – mainly due to the cost of petrol these days (just another reason to eat local).
To try and cut our food bills down, which are pretty high, we decided to do some completely un-scientific research into where is the cheapest place to buy decent quality, local (when possible) organic produce.
We made notes at a range of grocery stores here in Seattle – PCC, Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Central Market (Shoreline) to be exact. We even thought about doing the same for farmers markets – but then realized that was pointless – the price difference between stalls would have completely thrown the results.
So, trying to be organized I put all this into a spreadsheet, so we could clearly see where works out cheaper. Out of those grocery stores listed, if you can find it at Trader Joes, it is cheaper there. By far. Problem is, the produce at TJs can be pretty sucky to say to least, and they don’t carry Organic Valley milk which we like (its organic, grass fed milk, at an OK price). In the battle of the "organic" grocery stores – PCC comes out tops.
I thought I would share the spreadsheet – some local folks might find it interesting. This has saved us gas miles too – we used to drive up to Central Market, thinking it was cheaper. It ain’t. So, here it is – it only covers the stuff we by most of, but hopefully someone will find it useful.
More food posts to be coming shortly – Been a really hectic couple of weeks. Some great dishes on the way. I promise!