Farmer's Market Prices, why so much cheaper in Italy?

Today at our local market in Umbria, I filled my basket for under ten dollars. I bought: tomatoes, red peppers, green friggere peppers, a string of Tropea onions, a cantaloupe, peaches, zucchini flowers, figs, and a pound of little crabs, oh and some broad beans. Why are US farmer markets so much expensive? I do not believe US farmers are secretly hiding Jaguars in the barn or that Italian farmers like to give away their food. So, why such a difference?


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