I live in the Northeast US and look forward to the summer and the farmer's market in our town. I am lucky to live close to a major city yet in a suburban area with lots of small local farms. My question is this: I often read posts on here and other food sites by people who get great bargains on produce at farmer's markets. This has never been my experience where I live. The prices at my farmer's market are not any cheaper than the grocery store and sometimes are more. Even when I go directly to the farm and buy from the stand, it still isn't cheaper. The quality and freshness is miles better, if course. But, what is going on? Is the bargain produce only to be found in California, where the growing season is longer and farms are bigger?