[gardeners] potato prices

margaret lauterbach (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Wed, 24 Feb 1999 07:58:38 -0700

What are potato prices like in your supermarkets?  Tell your supermarket
managers that you're angry over their inflated prices.  I'd bet my life
they are.  What has happened is that it cost potato farmers $5 per 100
pounds to grow potatoes, and they're now being paid between $2.50 and $3
per hundredweight.  Obviously they can't "make it up" in bulk sales, and
they can't afford to keep at this very long.  One of our supermarkets sold
baking potatoes last week for 10 cents a pound.  That's $10 per
hundredweight, so someone in between is making a very good profit.  I don't
mind fair profits, but the farmers ought to have fair profits too.
Margaret L