** Please note **
Due to the low response rate (barely 5% of MOFGA Certification Services certified farms submitted prices for the most recent report) from certified organic farms regarding price data for the price reports, we are considering charging a fee for access to future price reports. Farms that submitted their information would receive free access, while anyone else would have to pay. This is not our first choice, so if you have feedback you feel would be helpful in increasing the number of farms reporting price information please do contact Heather Omand at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, we wanted to give notice that if response rates do not improve in 2014, charging a fee for access could be a likely outcome for 2015.
**August 2014 Update**
Although the number of farms reporting this month did not increase significantly, I did receive a lot of great feedback regarding the usefulness and future of the report. This feedback included incentivizing participation in some way, creating an online submission form, creating regional or county specific price reports for increasing usefulness, using the price reports to educate retailers, using data aggregation software (instead of Excel), and creating different kinds of price reports sharing information about what different venues (co-ops, natural food stores, grocery stores, etc.) were charging for organic food, wholesale prices, etc.
I truly appreciate the honest and open feedback I received. If you have other thoughts, or would like to second any of the thoughts above, please do let me know. Almost all of the options above require significant training, manpower, and/or funding so I am actively researching grants that could support a price report overhaul. However, I do gauge the amount of resources I invest in this report based on the amount of feedback and pricing information I receive from you all. I hope you will continue to help with both of these processes.
In 2006, MOFGA began regular surveys of prices charged by MOFGA certified organic farmers in Maine for both direct sales and wholesale sales. Because we are collecting data from a relatively small sample size, there are often products with only a few prices listed, if any. It should also be noted that MOFGA farmers sell to a wide range of customers, which can sometimes result in a wide range in prices listed for a particular item in one report, or from one report to the next. These reports are published as a service to the organic farming community to expose farmers to the range of prices that are being paid for their products. Links to past reports appear below. Historic price information on some organic crops is available from the USDA.
Links to past reports appear below. Historic price information on some organic crops is available from the USDA.
2007 Retail Summary Price Report (PDF 292K)
2007 Wholesale Summary Price Report (PDF 272K)
2007 Pick-Your-Own Summary Price Report (PDF 236K)
2006 Retail Summary Price Report (PDF 124K)
2006 Wholesale Summary Price Report (PDF 120K)