Grocery prices mostly down in our check

Herald staff

Despite climbing prices for several food items, Snohomish County grocers held the line on prices last week.

Earlier in the year, most stores were charging more than $30 for the seven food items that make up the small market basket of food items that Herald shoppers check each month.

But prices generally fell last week, despite a sharp rise in the past few months for coffee and also for peanut butter following a small peanut crop.

WinCo had the lowest prices for the items — $23.16 — as it has since it was added to the list of stores several months ago.

Fred Meyer was next on the list, followed by Walmart and Haggen.