Greensboro, NC -- 2 Wants to Know set out to compare a farmers market to supermarkets to find out where you save the most money on fresh produce.
Ben Briscoe, WFMY News 2 Investigative Reporter, found the cheapest prices on five common items at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market and compared them to Wal-Mart and Harris Teeter's Farmers Market Section.
Briscoe went shopping on a busy Saturday morning at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market when most vendors would be selling produce. He found cucumbers, peppers and strawberries were cheaper at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market. Cucumbers and peppers were just a few cents less expensive. Strawberries were a different story. A gallon of strawberries sold for $10.50 a gallon at the Piedmont Triad Farmer's Market, $10.68 at Wal-Mart and nearly $27.00 in Harris Teeter's Farmers Market Section.
However, the supermarket won on a couple of items. Briscoe found onions for a $1 a pound at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, but found it $0.20-$0.30 less in supermarkets.
Tomatoes sold for $2.75 per pound at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market. They were nearly $1 less at Wal-Mart and $0.25 cheaper at Harris Teeter.
Variety also has a value. You can get two kinds of tomatoes at the supermarket, but at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market you can choose between 10 - 12 different types.
Are you a fast talker? It might work to your advantage as several vendors said they're willing to bargain with you on price at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market; especially if you're buying bulk amounts of food at closing time.
Got change? Make sure you bring it with you to the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market. A few vendors said they need quarters. If you pay with coins sometimes they'll cut you a better deal.
The Piedmont Triad Farmers Market is the largest farmers market in the Triad. It's located at 2914 Sandy Ridge Road in Colfax and is open daily from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WFMY News 2