Hi everyone, the article on making your own wedding cake and a trip to the market have me wondering. What do you pay for a dozen large eggs? Specify type (i.e. organic, free range, free run or whatever).
A few weeks ago, a dozen free run eggs from the farmers’ market here cost $3.15. A week ago, they were $3.70. Today they were $3.95, and the clerk told me they’ll be going up by about 25 cents again “very soon.” She blamed increasing prices for gas and grain.
I get my eggs at Trader Joes for $1.49/dozen. I don’t think they’re organic, but they’re still good quality and fresh, and at that price, it can’t be beat. I have yet to find cheaper eggs anywhere. I’d love to buy organic eggs regulary because they taste amazing, but I’ll sacrifice a little bit of taste for price. But that’s just me.
Supermarket eggs are running $2.05 a dozen. I live in a pretty rural area, so people own chickens here and sell eggs from coolers at the ends of their driveways. Organic free range are $2.00 a dozen. One house, though is selling them for $1.00 a dozen, so I try and get hers before they are gone, and at her price, they go fast. I don’t think these are organic or completely free range, though, but nothing beats a fresh egg like this, even if it’s not organic/FR.
The price of everything is outrageous, Pillsbury flour is up to $2.69 5#. It was $1.89 before Christmas.
I’ve been telling my husband for several months that the price of just about everything I buy at the grocery store has been increasing .5 or .10 or .20 each time I restock. I was really surprised that most of my friends hadn’t noticed the price increases, but the news headlines last week comfirmed it…. it’s just crazy!
Here in the Boston area, organic cage free eggs range from $2.50 to $3.59 per dozen depending on where you’re shopping.
Wholesale, on the other hand, has been up and down in the last two months. At the beginning of April, cost for a case (15 dozen) was running around $29. Last week the case cost $22 and our produce guy, he was charging $19.
I envy you all the low prices you are paying. Seattle is an expensive city and if we counted the cost of such things we would go insane or move elsewhere. I feel very fortunate that I can get fresh eggs directly from a farmer. The commercial eggs from grocery stores, even the free range organic, pale in comparison to eggs from chickens that get to run around and eat insects etc. Our guy has to protect his birds from bald eagles that swoop down and steal whole birds. He has a giant covered fence thing that he moves around his fields. We can lay this one straight at the door of the Democrats in congress who insist on pandering to the unwashed masses with their crazy ethanol schemes. The very idea of using food to burn in a cars gas tank is morally repugnant.
Orange county california, here. our grocery store is charging almost $4 for a dozen large, costco is running about $2 if you buy the 5 dozen pack. I purchased 15 doz from our wholesale rest supply this week for $1.18 a doz.
I was also going to suggest trader joe’s. at $1.49 a doz it is the best retail pricing around. in fact ALL their prices are better than the big supermarket prices and their frozen broccoli is the best!
Eggs and butter prices here in Australia have been steadily going up this year -butter especially (nearly triple for some types) to the point where we have some commercial bakers hiring security guards to protect their stores of butter as it’s now worth so much - see this story).
Recently (per dozen 59g eggs):
Homebrand Cage: AUD$2.79 (US$2.63)
Brand-name Cage: AUD$4.87 (US$4.60)
RSPCA Barn Laid : AUD$6.86 (US$6.48)
Brand-Name Grain Fed: AUD$5.85 (US$5.53 )
Brand-name Free Range: AUD$6.89/ (US$6.51)
My local greengrocer’s own free range market garden eggs: AUD$5.00 (US$4.70)
I just signed up to get local eggs for $3.50 dozen, a dollar more than what I am paying now, but I am very happy because I’ve seen the hens and they look so healthy and happy. I’ve become disillusioned with the egg industry and their manipulative and misleading terms like “cage free.” Someone sent me a video this week of those “idyllic cage free conditions” and it was extremely disturbing—enough for me to immediately seek out an alternative. I won’t go into detail, but if you want to be aware the information is out there. I wish it was easier for everyone to have access to locally and humanely raised eggs.