Finding Cheap Food in San Francisco

Finding Cheap Food in San Francisco

Kathryn Hill
Jun 3, 2008

Lately, consumers have been concerned about rising food prices, and with good reason. However, it's not hopeless; good bargains are to be found! We've been paying attention to what things are costing and we've made a list of where to find some good deals in San Francisco.

Please feel free to add to this list.

Prices seen at the Alemany Farmer's Market last week:

1 dozen organic brown eggs: $2.50
1 large bunch (.55 lb) fresh mint: $1
1 large bunch (.40/lb) fresh shiso: 75¢
Pomellos: 50¢ each
Quail eggs: 90¢ each or 6 for $5
Strawberries: $3/pint
Cilantro: 50¢ bunch (.55 lb)
Okra: $3/lb
Apples: $2/lb
6 pieces fresh lemongrass: 50¢
Sweet potatoes: $1/lb
Turnips: $1/lb
Snap peas: $1.50/lb
Portabellas: $3/lb
White button mushrooms: $3/lb
Asparagus: $2/bunch
Broccoli: $1/lb
Artichokes: $1/ea
Celery: $1.25/bunch
Oranges: 60¢/lb
Celery root: $1 each
1 head red leaf lettuce organic: $2
1 cardoon: $1
2 large Japanese eggplant: $1
2 bunches jumbo asparagus: $5

Elsewhere: Cherries are 79¢/lb at the Asian markets on Clement Street. Seafood at Sun Fat Seafood, Chinatown and Manila Market continues to be a steal. For good prices on meat and chicken, check out the butcher shops on Mission Street between 20th and 24th Streets, and on 24th Street between Folsom and Bryant.

Price Check: Coping With Rising Food Costs
In the News: Food Prices to Keep Rising
More Grocery Gloom and Doom: Organic Sticker Shock in the New York Times

(Image: Kathryn Hill)

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