- Associated Press - Sunday, June 26, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont Agency of Agriculture study has found that many foods sold at farmers’ markets are competitively priced with those same products sold at retail stores.

Last August the agency collected prices on over 50 local products, including produce and meats, at 13 farmers’ markets around the state and compared them to prices at retail stores in central Vermont.

Among the findings:

- 92 percent of certified organic produce at farmers’ markets is competitively priced, defined as within a 10% price range, with the same produce in retail stores.

- Local meats and proteins sold at farmers’ markets also are competitively priced with retail stores more than 57% of the time.

- Local, certified-organic products at farmers’ markets are almost always competitively priced with the same products at retail stores.

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