Why Is MN Locally-Sourced Beef More Expensive Than Grocery Store?
There was a great question posed yesterday on the Farm Direct Minnesota Facebook page from a member asking the group in an honest manner, "why is beef sold on here almost always 2 or 3 dollars more per pound than at the grocery store? I assumed apparently incorrectly, that by cutting out the middleman and the overhead costs of the store prices would be lower or at least the same as a retail store." The user stated in an earlier portion of the question that he didn't mean to offend anyone, but was honestly curious. The answers that were given were thoughtful, insightful, and honest to goodness really great, and I wanted to share those with you in case you wanted to know why the cost was higher.
Christina Traeger, a member of the group gave a great answer as to why people who buy direct from the farmer for products like beef are paying more than what they see at the grocery store.
Another answer came from Kilkenny's Sara Borchert Hewitt who with her husband runs a farm, and she talks about how even if you are paying $5-6/pound for beef from the farmer you are coming out ahead as a net saving as you are getting those choice cuts of beef as well, think steak and ribeye for that $5-6 a pound versus the $15-20 you pay at the grocery store.
I hope that these answers help you out if you were wondering why there is such a price difference in beef products when you look at buying directly from the producer vs. the grocery store.
If you are looking to purchase directly from a local producer, I do recommend joining this group, as you can find just about anything on here, whether it's fresh berries, chickens, beef, goats, to lamb it's on the Farm Direct Minnesota page.
Also a big thanks to our local producers for keeping us fed.