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Jul 30, 2007 07:48 PM

Ferry Plaza vs. Albertson's (or any supermarket) prices

For people who say Ferry Plaza is over-priced ... here's a comparison of a few items I bought this week at FP and those same, so to speak, items at Albertsons ... only the herbs at Albertson were organic.

Also, I don't mean to pick on Albertsons ... the prices are pretty much the same at all supermarkets. I just happened to be at Albertsons today.

FP - organic corn ... 3 for $1
A - corn on sale ..... 4 for $1

FP - organic plucots ...... $3 00 lb
A - plucots regular price $2.99 lb on sale this week $1.99

FP - organic melons ... $1.00 lb
A - melons ................... $0.69 - $1.29

FP - tomatoes (regular & organic) ... $2.25 - $3.00 lb
A - Vine-ripened regular tomatoes ... $2. 99 lb

FP - organic summer squash ... $1.00 - $1.99 lb
A - summer squash ................... $1.69 - $1.99 lb

FP - organic heirloom potatoes ... $2.00 lb
A - red and white potatoes ........... .$0.99 lb

FP - regular strawberries ...... $2.50
A - strawberries regular price $3.99 on sale this week 2 for $3

FP - regular raspberries ... $2.00
A - regular raspberries .......$2.99

FP - organic cucumbers ... $1.99 lb
A - cucumbers .................... $1.29 each . I weighed one ... 1/2 lb or $2.58 lb

FP - regular romaine lettuce .... $1.00
A - romaine lettuce .....................$1.49

FP - brown button mushrooms ... $3.00 lb
A - brown button mushromms .... $.399 lb

FP - regular grapes ... $2.50 lb
A - regular grapes ......$2.49 lb

FP - organic apples ... $1.00 - $3.00 lb
A - apples .................... $1.49 - $1.89 lb

FP - dried organic Bing cherries ... $9.00 lb
A - dried cherries ..............................$15.86 lb (99 cents oz)

OK ... here's the REAL shocker. I was complaining about fresh organic herbs being sold for $10 lb at Ferry Plaza. Albertson's sells SF Organics brand fresh herbs ... $1.99 for .75 ounces ... that's $31. 84 lb.

One other thing ... Ella Bella was selling organic duck's tongue lettuce for $4.50 a pound. Albertson's sells organic bagged lettuce mixes for $3.99 for 5 oz ... you do the math.

Cherry season is over, but Albertson's had them ... Bing's $2.99 lb Rainier $5.49 lb.

Nothing you get at the supermarkets was picked that day or the day before. The quality isn't anywhere near Ferry Plaza. Well, Albertson's does have better parking.

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  1. ... and let's not even talk about the tomatoes at grocery stores in general. YUCK! (even when they say "vine-ripened")

    1. I assume Albertsons also is open seven days a week, and at least 15 hours a day. Your FPFM produce isn't going to be awfully fresh on Friday.

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      1. re: Gary Soup

        OK ... by Friday the produce I bought the previous Saturday at FP will be the same age and the prouce I buy on Friday at the supermarkets.

        Seriously though, that is another consideration .. freshness. I'm not singling out FP on that though. Any farmers market produce will be fresher and last a lot longer than supermarket produce.

        There isn't super care going on with the supermarket produce. It goes to refridgerated trucks and warehouses where it sits for who knows how long. Then the greens, carrots, celery etc get those periodic water sprays that rot them.

        I'm always surprised how soon supermarket produce goes bad ... and how long farmers market produce lasts.

        Anyway, I pretty much shop once a week. So better to buy fresher produce on that trip rather than something that's been sitting around for a while.

        1. re: rworange

          I rarely go into regular supermarkets, but when I do I'm amazed by how expensive they are. I usually go to smaller markets such as the Monterey Market or Latino, Middle Eastern or Asian places. Not to say that famers markets aren't great, I just wanted to point out that there's a third option that I would place somewhere between supermarkets and farmers markets.

          1. re: rworange

            Nice comparo...yet it's a semi-tilted study. Produce from a truck farmer is going to ytaste better 8 out of 10 times. Yes, Albertson's cost almost as much but who shops Albertson's and FPFM for produce, esp given the quality and taste. (I buy onions, potatoes and banana from mainstream grocery stores and that's it) A better comparo would be between Alemany FM, Berkeley Bowl or a local produce shop and FPFM.

            1. re: rworange

              Yeah, but don't the producers of the stuff sold by Albertson's go to great expense to genetically engineer their produce for longer shelf life?

              Just playing the devil's advocate here. I've never been to an Albertsons (I don't know if we even have them in SF) and all of the veggies we eat in my household come from Chinatown (where the trucks seem to roll in at daybreak most every day).

          2. Does Albertsons get their produce from local farms? I try to support local rather than produce coming from across the country or from other countries. Supporting local to me keeps our farmers going and assured that is was picked later rather than earlier and helps global warming.

            1. Try this for comparison.... an organic celery bunch at WF... cost me a whopping $4 this weekend! Its celery for Krishna's sake! One of the most economical vegetables known to man kind!

              1. FWIW, I find Albertson's produce prices higher than Lunardis in the San Jose area.

                I occasionally shop Albertson's and follow their ads, they "push" high carb processed foods. Their produce prices are higher and the quality and selection is poorer than Lunardis.