This week Alameda Patch set out to figure out just how much low-fat organic milk costs on the Island.
We discovered that not all half gallons and gallons are priced equally — even when they're the same brand. (Note: for the sake of simplicity, we just looked at low-fat milk. Sometimes whole milk costs a little more.)
We checked out first, which carries three brands. Their half-gallons of Straus Organic Milk cost $4.19. Organic Valley costs $4.29 for a half-gallon. Clover Organic costs $4.39 per half-gallon and $7.49 for a gallon.
At , we found half-gallons of the chain's own brand of organic milk for $3.29 a half-gallon and $5.99 a gallon.
sells a half-gallon of Clover Organic milk for $4.19, Strauss organic milk for $4.49 and Horizon for $4.39. A gallon of Clover costs $7.49.
At , the "O" brand costs $3.69 for a half-gallon and $5.99 for a gallon, while Horizon costs $3.99 for a half-gallon and $6.29 for a gallon.
Finally, as of yesterday, was offering a half-gallon of Sunnyside organic milk for $3.59 and a half-gallon of Horizon for $4.19.
Bottom line: The store brands at Trader Joe's and Safeway's are the cheapest. But the if you're looking to support local, sustainable agriculture, you might want to buy Straus Organic Milk, which is produced on a small dairy near Tomales Bay.
Besides being local, the Straus Family Creamery sells its milk in old-fashioned glass bottles that are then re-used, and the farm also produces electricity from methane from the cows' manure. In other words, they're pretty groovy. And the cheapest place to buy their milk? Alameda Natural Grocery.