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Comparison Shopping May Surprise You

July 26, 2012

You know how you are supposed to compare apples to apples, not apples to oranges when you do an analysis?  Well, comparison shopping  between the Wild Ramp, the Kroger on 1st Street and 7th Avenue in Huntington and the Wal-Mart on Route 60 is a study of apples and oranges for the most part.

There is some organic produce at the Kroger. Those price comparisons are the most meaningful.  I have seen free range chicken for sale there in the past but did not see any this trip.

So, when you look at the comparison prices please remember we are comparing the local products which are raised without chemicals to conventionally grown produce and meats in the commercial stores.   The freshness of the produce is different. The taste of grass-fed meat is more complex and fuller than anything that is corn fed. You won’t know until you actually taste it though.

So here goes:

Wild Ramp Kroger Wal-Mart
Strawberries                n/a $2.99 $1.98
Grapes                n/a $2.99 $1.98
Raspberries                n/a $2.99 $2.48
Blueberries                 n/a $4.59 $2.48
Blackberries $3.00                n/a             n/a

No strawberries, grapes, raspberries or blueberries at the Wild Ramp? Yes, that is right. Those seasons are over. Grapes take about 160 frost-free days to mature so the grape season is not yet here.  The fruit in Kroger and Wal-Mart are not from the Tri-State region with the exception of some tomatoes from Gritts. The rest are shipped in hundreds and thousands of miles from areas that are harvesting now. Interesting that they have no blackberries…hmmm, want fresh ones? Better hurry down to the Wild Ramp, they will sell out quickly!

Wild Ramp Kroger Wal-Mart
Beets          $2/bunch      $2.59/bunch    $1.98/bunch
Broccoli        $3.00 for 4             $4 for 2    $1.98/crown
Corn                n/a $0.38 $0.36
Cucumber $0.50 $0.57 $0.48
Green Beans            $2.00/lb            $1.49/lb          $1.98/lb
Green Pepper $0.50 $0.87 $0.74
Red Peppers $0.50 $1.00          $1.48/lb
Tomatoes            $2.00/lb            $1.99/lb          $1.88/lb

Interesting……beets are less (and fresher), broccoli is less (and fresher), cucumbers are less (and fresher), green beans are competitive (and fresher), green and red peppers are less (and fresher), tomatoes are competitive (and fresher).  In addition, at the Wild Ramp there are many kinds of peppers and a vast variety of tomatoes including heirlooms whose flavors explode in your mouth.

Wild Ramp Kroger Wal-Mart
Whole $3.50/lb $1.08/lb $0.98/lb

No contest here….our chicken costs more. Not only that, but we do not have cut parts. If you are going for inexpensive chicken, the supermarkets win. If you are going for flavor, try the ones at the Wild Ramp. If you want meat from animals without antibiotics, hormones and steroids, buy from the Wild Ramp.

Wild Ramp Kroger Wal-Mart
Chuck Roast $4.99/lb $4.79/lb n/a
Sirloin Tip Roast $4.99/lb n/a n/a
Rump Roast $4.99/lb n/a $3.10/lb
Ribeye Steak $13.99/lb $6.99-12.99/lb $11.58-11.98/lb
T-bone Steak $11.99/lb n/a $11.58/lb
Sirloin Steak $8.49/lb $11.99/lb $10.98/lb
Hamburger Meat $4.25/lb $3.58-5.69/lb $3.25-5.38/lb
Hamburger Patties $4.79/lb $4.49-5.69/lb $3.74-4.12/lb

Oooh, look here….amazing,but it looks like not only are the prices competitive or better, you can be assured that the steers producing meat for the Wild Ramp never had any antibiotics, hormones or steroids.  In addition, they were grass-fed, not corn-fed, meaning their digestive systems worked better…and yours will too. I can not address the “grade” of the beef…you know how there is Prime and Choice, with Choice being what is found in the supermarkets? All I know is that the beef I have been eating from our Producers is flavorful and tender, but you will have to try it yourself to know.

Wild Ramp Kroger Wal-Mart
Boneless Loin Roast $7.00/lb $3.49/lb $4.54/lb
Pork Roast $6.99/lb n/a $2.65-3.58/lb
Boston Butt Roast $2.59/lb $1.99/lb $1.98/lb
Port Chops $2.31-$6.00/lb $5.99-$6.49/lb $3.58-5.00/lb
Italian Sausage $4.99/lb $2.89-$5.99/lb $4.08/lb
Bratwurst $4.99/lb $5.99/lb $4.68/lb
Mild Sausage $3.99/lb $3.00/lb $2.98/lb
Spicy Sausage $3.99/lb $2.84-5.00/lb $2.98/lb

Mixed here….some prices are better, some competitive, some a bit higher. Again, the way the animals are raised do not compare.

Wild Ramp Kroger Wal-Mart
Dairy (half gallon)
Whole Milk $3.79      $1.79-$3.79    $1.88-$3.98
2% Milk $3.79      $1.79-$4.49    $2.58-$3.98
Half &Half $5.69 $4.99        $2.88/qt
Whipping Cream $8.79            $4.97/qt        $4.78/qt
Chocolate Milk $4.59 $1.79    $1.88-$3.98

Our dairy is all in half gallon sized containers, so that is what I compared where I could. Whipping cream generally is sold in smaller sizes at the grocery stores, yet if you double their prices to get the same volume, the cost at the Wild Ramp is better.  The high prices at the supermarkets are for organic milk products, a closer comparison to the milk products at the Wild Ramp. You can see the Wild Ramp prices are therefore competitive if the shopper is already trying to maximize the healthy issues of how the milk is produced.

Wild Ramp Kroger Wal-Mart
dozen $3.00-$3.50 1.59-$4.49 $1.58-$4.38

Eggs are less expensive at the supermarkets but again, if the shopper is interested in organic eggs or even the Eggland brand, the price is competitive.


So, bottom line, a few things are a bit more. Most are in the same ballpark in terms of pricing. Amazing that some items at the Wild Ramp are less than the prices at the supermarkets! So if you were thinking it was too expensive to eat healthy options, think again!!

The issue that is not addressed here is quality of production, ripeness at time of sale, and the amazing difference that those two issues make in how each item tastes. You will have to try it to really know.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2012 12:21 pm

    Thanks for doing the research on this. I wondered about the real price difference!!!

    • July 26, 2012 12:23 pm

      I think this comparison shows it is NOT more expensive to shop at the Wild Ramp but the first step is still the decision to eat healthier food. Once a person understands that the choice is theirs and what they put in their body will probably affect their health, then the rest is easy.

    • July 27, 2012 1:13 am

      Seems like the snapshot today blew the concept out of the water that healthy food is more expensive!

  2. July 26, 2012 1:41 pm

    Very good! I’m glad you didn’t slant any prices 🙂
    You are so correct on the meat and it being free from many of the additives that are found in store bought. Go grass fed and Go Wild Ramp!

    • July 26, 2012 1:49 pm

      Perhaps the only “slant” I gave was not to use any sale prices….I was thinking that the standard pricing at the supermarkets might be more continuous and a better comparison. You can get less expensive food….but not comparable in nutrition or flavor….at the supermarkets, but Wild Ramp wins when all factors are considered.

      • July 26, 2012 2:35 pm

        Absolutely! I was watching Fox and Friends yesterday morning and they had a great piece on “Farmers Markets” and how they too compare to store bought veggies and meats. It was great, I hope people start supporting their local Market. I’m even toying with the idea of starting one!

      • July 27, 2012 1:12 am

        Come on……do it!!!

  3. cndrake permalink
    July 31, 2012 10:40 pm

    Thank you for this article!! When I talk to people about buying fresh and local vs. gmo and big box the main argument I hear from them is: “Buying organic/local is way too expensive and I’m on a budget.” And here you are proving them wrong!

    • July 31, 2012 10:48 pm

      I also suspect that some of the big box purchases go bad before they get used….or would go bad if there were not so many chemicals. LOL

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