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Jul 26, 2013 05:31 AM

My IRA, or a loaf of great bread?

I mean, at what price do you gaze upon that wonderfully crusty, fresh-baked artisinal, preservative-free, organic, whole-grain, locally-sourced boule at the farmers market/specialty bakery/organic grocery store, and gasp - or shrug and say to yourself: "Nope, not gonna pay that much"?

Having just shelled out $4.89 for a smallish rosemary olive loaf at Fresh & Green in Baltimore, I figure it's good for four or five breakfasts before it goes stale and/or moldy, and I do want something worthy of the summer fruit jams I've been cranking out. But still...

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  1. Fresh, free range, organic, humane, happy chicken at Dupont Farmers Market, no more than 2lbs, ......$18.

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    1. re: Pappy

      Was it worth it? How much is too much (per lb.) for a happy chicken?

    2. I am not in the habit of regularly purchasing what you describe, though I do it from time to time.

      I do, however, buy bagels (often from Breugger's), which are not exactly cheap anymore as I eat one most mornings usually with tomato or roasted red pepper. Even with veg from Grand Mart, this is no free lunch.

      1. I've been thinking of this myself. I wouldn't mind paying if I could get a consistent loaf. IMO, the bakeries around town are just too large now to produce great bread on a daily basis. Maybe it's time I finally purchased a bread machine...

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        1. re: bmorecupcake

          Don't get a bread machine-- just buy Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day (or you could even check out their website...)