SHOPPERS SAVE ON SEASONAL PRODUCE
MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- As gas prices inch a little higher, so do area grocery prices. According to the latest results from the Alabama Farmers Federation's monthly food price survey, the average cost of 20 basic market basket items was $58.83, up 42 cents or 0.72 percent from June.
|Southern summer cookouts are full of barbecued dishes - whether you serve ribs, grilled chicken or pulled pork sandwiches. For shoppers in the mood for the 'other white meat,' Boston butts averaged $2.04 a pound this month, down 3 cents from June.|
Higher meat prices were a leading factor in the modest increase. Bacon increased 29 cents to $6.01 a pound; T-bone steaks increased 24 cents to $8.92 a pound; pork chops increased 13 cents to $3.67 a pound; ground beef increased 9 cents to $2.96 a pound; whole fryers increased 6 cents to $1.27 a pound; and chicken breasts increased a penny to $2.11 a pound. Meanwhile, chuck roasts decreased 14 cents to $3.82 a pound, and Boston butts were down 3 cents to $2.04 a pound. Eggs increased 6 cents to $1.59 a dozen.
Seasonal favorites continued to provide savings for grocery shoppers. Tomatoes were down 19 cents to $1.60 a pound, and lettuce was down 18 cents to $1.35 a head. Red potatoes and sweet potatoes showed no change in price, averaging 89 cents a pound and 92 cents a pound, respectively.
Items in the dairy case were mixed this month. Ice cream decreased 9 cents to $4.08 a half-gallon, and milk decreased 6 cents to $3.44 a half-gallon. Butter increased 7 cents to $4.59 a pound, and cottage cheese averaged $2.56 a pound for the second consecutive month.
Regional reports collected by volunteer shoppers throughout the state July 1-10 showed the market basket averaged $57.46 in northwest Alabama, $57.46 in northeast Alabama, $59.48 in south Alabama and $61.65 in central Alabama.
Alabama Farmers Federation, a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, is the state's largest farm organization. Its county members conduct the informal monthly market basket survey as a tool to reflect retail food price trends.
For the freshest fruits and vegetables, visit a local farmers market. To find one in your area, visit www.buylocalalabama.com.