When I heard the farm where I purchase my organic eggs was going to be part of a story on animal confinement and conscious choices on Oprah, I was elated. I blogged about it back then. But the past few weeks have me thinking a bit differently -- on cost of those famous eggs AND the costs of organic products - mainly meat. I guess I should say, MY HUSBAND, is quick to remind me of costs every time I purchase organic. He won the battle over the holiday turkey (much to my dismay, but its really not about me at Christmas now is it?! I don't even eat the turkey) Natural Acres charges $3.50 a dozen for their famous organic eggs. My dear old dad turned me on to our local Amish hardware store, who has a chicken coop in the backyard and HIS eggs are $1.25 a dozen! No, they aren't certified organic, but the birds are running free and having a good time pecking and scratching - how bad could their feed be (non organic?). Curious thought, but for now I think I'll stick to those $1.25 cage-free eggs. Trying to stay in-tune to the local thing and sticking to grass-fed/pasture-raised meat, my research uncovered some astounding price differences in grassfed vs organic meat. Our local organic meat producer fetches $1,325.00 for a half of a certified organic black angus beef. Yup, that's almost $9.00 a lb for 160-165 lbs. Their grass fed "natural" beef is also salty -- $925 a half. In comparison, my mom's friend butchers their grass-fed beef each spring and sells to my mom for $1.90 a pound! Yes, I'm on that bandwagon. I'm not sure why organic producers are overpricing their products -- it can't be helping their business. Grass Fed Farms in Indiana gets nearly $25.00 a chicken for organic whole chickens. I'm sure its some of the tastiest chicken around, but is it really worth $25.00 a bird? I told my husband I'll stick to vegetarianism before I pay some of the prices organic producers are fetching. Why are they charging so much? All in all, I like Cindy Burke's idea in To Buy or Not Buy Organic of sticking to local and sustainable. Talk to your local farmers -- you might be surprised that they too have organic, they just don't advertise it.