Costa Rica: Farmers’ markets offer products up to 78% cheaper

Farmers’ markets offer products that are up to 78% cheaper than in supermarkets, according to a study by Costa Rica’s National Production Council, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce.

The study shows that the price of tomatoes, bananas, potatoes, plantains, carrots and onions is generally between 33% and 78% cheaper at a farmers’ market than in a supermarket.

Víctor Julio Carvajal, President of the CNP, said that the institution made the decision to publish these data so that the population can save when buying these products. Not everything is cheaper at the farmers’ markets; pineapples were found to be 19% cheaper in supermarkets.

Farmers’ markets are a staple in every canton across the country on weekends, fulfilling an invaluable social and economic function, while offering the producer the opportunity to obtain a fair price for their effort.


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