Courtesy of Wally S., Wally's Urban Market Garden, Saskatoon, SK
In niche markets, SPIN farmers can adjust their pricing to cover their seed cost, but you should always try to get your seed costs down as low as possible. That means buying in bulk and shopping around.
Take pea greens. I found that 50 lbs. of peas can vary from $50 to $100, not counting delivery cost. Mumm's Sprouting Seeds offers pea seed at around $50 for 50 .lbs, but this bulk quantity price is not listed publicly. You have to call or email them. Johnny's price is double - $100 for 50 lbs. The point is, if you don't see what you need listed on a company's website or catalog, pick up the phone. Personal contact with a seed supplier can save you money and establish a relationship that will keep on giving.
Volume is an important consideration when ordering seeds, since buying in bulk quantities reduces the cost. Above is a delivery of 50 lbs. of peas.