Prices of Farm Products Fell Terribly during the Depression Era

Kansan recalls the prices of farm products and other staple items during the depression era

| Good Old Days

During these depression era, farm products in an amount available for sale brought little profit. Prices varied according to location, but in our area the prices paid for eggs at the purchasing center remained around the 12q: a dozen level. Wheat produced during this time brought in the 25~ a bushel range, which led many farmers to hold their wheat, grind it with other grains and feed it to their chickens and livestock, saving some for next year's planting.

A full gallon can of rich cream, taken to the local creamery, brought but $1.50 to $2.00. If one could sell the golden home-churned butter it would bring 351t per pound.

Local grocers sold milk from the nearby dairy for 11 cents to 14 cents a quart - or 71 cents – 81 cents if you had a bottle to exchange. Un-sliced bread was sold for Sit -10 cents a loaf, or on very special sale days three loaves for 10 cents at our Cloverfarm store where a huge bunch of bananas hung on a hook from the rafters and one could buy a bag full for less than a dollar, if you had a dollar.

One hundred pounds of potatoes could be purchased for one dollar, if for some reason you had not raised any. Fifty pounds of beans cost $2.50. These were representative prices of staple items as they existed in our local area.

Reva M. Smith
Abilene, Kansas

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