My Organic Eggs post prompted a very interesting comment from the owner of Grass Fed Farms In his comment, he said, "Sometimes, then, pricing is relative to quality and a persons willingness and desire to enjoy the very best."
How aboslutely true! For years, maybe 10 or more, I've been searching for organic foods and usually cringed at some of the prices, but I paid it anyway because I knew it was very much worth the quality. Coffee, for example, will always be organic in my house (and has been for years), and yes, I've gotten used to paying $6.00 for 10 ounces of beans and don't seem to mind anymore. I listened to the wrath of hubby last year when I paid $52 for the Christmas turkey. One of the books/articles I read (can't recall which one) stated the prices will not come down until more people pay the prices and the demand increases. You will all agree organic foods ARE more commonplace than 10 years ago, and some of the prices are coming down -- but we need to be careful of that lower-price quality. Is it from agribusiness? Can you be certain it was grown from a sustainable farm? For a little more, its worth purchasing the local food. Or, if unavailable locally, paying the price to have good, quality organics shipped. Contrary to my husband's beliefs, I'm going to have to stick to my principals of paying the prices for quality food - IT'S WORTH IT!