Fresh fruits and vegetables are definitely something to look forward to when the weather turns warmer. But how can you make the prices more affordable? How can you save on fresh fruits and vegetables?
As many of you know, I can’t stand spring and summer. I’m a cold-weather girl. With that said, one of the things (very few things) I love about warm weather is fresh produce. After all, there’s only so many apples and oranges you can eat before you go insane. While it’s easier to find local, in-season produce during the warm months, prices can still be high. Let’s look at how to save on fresh fruits and vegetables.
6 Ways to Save on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
First things first. Shop seasonally. Tony and I were just discussing how society has become accustomed to having exactly what we want, when we want it. When you shop seasonally, you naturally save money. Do a bit of research and see what’s in season for your region.
You pay for having your produce shipped across the country or globe. Instead, why not support your local farmers? Good grocery stores will carry as much local produce as possible. The next time you go shopping, look closely to see where your produce is coming from. Chances are the fruits and vegetables with the least traveling distance has the best price.
Visit the Farmer’s Market
Speaking of farmers, if you have a farmer’s market, utilize it. You’re cutting out the middle man and this saves money. Best of all, you’re getting produce that was picked that morning or the previous evening. It doesn’t get any fresher than this. The produce you buy at farmer’s markets is picked at it’s peak. It’s the best of the best.
Check for Markdowns
Whether you’re shopping in the grocery store or at a farmer’s market, look for markdowns. Markdowns are usually on produce that needs to be used that day or isn’t exactly blemish-free. For example, a tomato may be misshapen or an apple have a soft spot. Don’t let ugly produce scare you. It eats just the same.
Purchase Larger Quantities
Another great tip for shopping the farmer’s market is to buy in bulk. When you buy by the bushel, you will save money. You will need to know how to store the produce for longer shelf life. For example, you want to keep potatoes and onions in a cool, dry, dark space. You can also freeze or can to extend the shelf life.
Grow Your Own
Last, but not least, if you can garden, do it. Even patio-grown tomatoes can cut your grocery bill. The more you can grow the better. Not only will you have fresh produce now, but you can freeze and can for later.
Fresh produce is one of the perks of warm weather. The ability to bite into a fresh, juicy strawberry that was picked hours ago, is a special treat. But, that treat doesn’t have to be expensive. Follow these tips and save on fresh fruits and vegetables.
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