I think it depends on where you are and what you are looking for. Here we get our eggs at the farmers market all year if possible as we can get freerange for $2-$3 a dozen,we get local honey for about $12 for 32 oz and fresh fruits and veggies during the summer and fall for about the same. The pluses are that you can sometimes find things that you don't see at the store and most of it was just picked that morning.
I've seen farms just driving around. I'm trying a few local ones this summer.
Have you tried co-ops in your area?
it really depends on how far you have to drive to get to a farm, and what kinds of selling programs your farms offer, check out farmer's markets in your area as well. then compare prices. where I live when the farmer's market runs, I get better dea. we do have a year round farmer's market but winter prices are much higher because the produce is greenhouse grown. when shopping produce make sure to look for what is in season.
Depending on where you live a CSA can be quite a money saver, we participated in both a produce and meat CSA and it worked out cheaper and of course fresher. There is a national CSA site that lists participating farms by state.
Call your local Chamber of Commerce. They may have some names & numbers of farmers that participate in farmers markets.
I shop at our local farmer's market in the summer. I don't necessarily find it cheaper, but the quality is so much better. I guess it is cheaper if comparing to what I would have to pay for similar quality.
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