Re: [gardeners] potato prices

margaret lauterbach (
Wed, 24 Feb 1999 10:50:40 -0700

At 10:23 AM 2/24/99 -0600, you wrote:
>margaret lauterbach wrote:
>> 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
>Idaho baking potatoes are 79 cents per pound down here. Might be the added
>transportation costs.
I think they're just charging what they can get.  You ought to plant
'taters in October.  Short season ones could be dug by now, and you could
sneer at the supermarket.  Margaret