We are often asked how to save money on produce with the accusative tone that you can’t. This seems to be an area that plagues many money savers who want to feed their family healthily for less.
Many don’t realize that there are options outside of cheap cans of soup and store-brand macaroni and cheese.
The perception many people have of budget-savvy shoppers are those couponers that have showers dedicated to orange soda (an episode from Extreme Couponing) and that ultimately you can’t save money and be healthy at the same time.
Well, truth be told, you usually can’t find rock bottom deals or even FREE deals on fresh produce very often. It is a special treat when you can find a deal like that. It certainly isn’t often enough to meet the needs of a single person, let alone a family. But the good news is that our goal isn’t to get absolutely everything in life for a rock bottom deal, but to be as money smart as possible!
How to Save Money on Produce
Our goal is to stick to our budget. What this means is that we may have to sacrifice some items in different weeks in order to fit our needs within our budget. But we prioritize what is important to spend money on, to stock-up on and to meet our family’s needs in a healthy way. Produce is at the top of our priority list. But often, in order to fit produce into our budget, you have to think creatively and outside of the box.
Over the years, our family has incorporated more and more fresh produce to our diets. We have been a debt-free, frugal family for many years, and the things we learn in the frugal life are more and more every day. We often think we have reach the “pinnacle” of frugality, only to discover even better ways of saving. It’s really quite an exciting journey.
Well, not only has our budget and frugal journey changed for the better more and more over the years, so has our lifestyle. We have learned to have the lifestyle we want within the budget we have. One of those lifestyle changes is that we are a mostly plant-based family.
I find that funny to say, but we have personally chosen to make the majority of our diets with produce, then healthy grains (like wild rice, quinoa, etc.) and a little bit of meats with some meals entirely meatless.
What is Our Budget?
Well, we actually have a weekly grocery budget of $85 for 8 of us, plus another $50 a week in staple and freezer stock-ups. We also spend around $160 per month on monthly meat deliveries from a local farm for 100% grass fed beef and heritage bred pork, while supporting a small family farm. We also get organic flash frozen chicken every few months, coming out to be around $30 a month in chicken! On a weekly basis, most all of the $85 goes to fresh produce, with the rest of it going towards almond milk, fresh ground almond and peanut butter, eggs, our favorite cereal, Ezekiel sprouted bread and a little bit of cheese/sour cream. The $50 goes towards our staples for the shelves and for the freezer. Most weeks, we don’t use the $50, but generally make our bulk purchases every 6 weeks or so, and it is a big bill of a few hundred when that happens. 🙂 Sometimes the $50 gets spent when we find frozen produce, or some other favorite on markdown in bulk.
That’s our budget in a nutshell. But I summarize all of that to say that we spend most of our money on produce. But we are feeding 8 people. So that really isn’t a lot for produce.
Should I Worry about Organic?
I have to be honest and say that I rarely get caught up in the organic requirements. In fact, I prefer to buy it organic when I end up finding a good source, but I have also read that it’s not even a guarantee then based on many articles. I try to fit organic in as much as possible, but I don’t stress about it. If we can’t get it, I don’t stress. If we can, then great! I say this to be an encouragement that fresh produce is MUCH better than not.
A Plant-Based Diet is Cheaper
Although we are on a tight budget for eight people, we have found that making our diets heavily plant-based has actually been cheaper and less burdensome. When you compare a bunch bananas averaging $0.17 – $0.25 each, this is MUCH cheaper than pre-packed fruit snacks or other snacks you can buy for kids, but end up much healthier and filling. We have discovered things like this over and over. And we don’t have to fuss with as many coupons when we are buying so many fruits and vegetables and grain staples! I still love my store’s digital coupons and the Ibotta app which lets me get money back on my healthy purchases, but overall, we are eating healthier and I spend far less time planning and shopping now that we have a produce-heavy diet!
With all of that, we would LOVE to share with you the 30 ways we save money on produce! Yes, we have a LONG list! They may not all apply to you, but this is what we do to feed our family a heavy plant-based diet for CHEAP!
30 Ways on How To Save Money On Produce
1. Buy from a co-op
We have posted about buying our produce, both conventional and organic (whatever our budget allows for the week) through our local produce co-op quite frequently, similar to how we buy higher quality meat for less too. This is often our “go to” source for a fresh batch of produce as often as once per week! We actually share the results of what we get in our co-op basket on the weeks that we decide to get one! This is a year-round way to save each week!
2. Volunteer at a Co-op
Another way to stack the savings is not only buying from the co-op, but actually volunteering your time. This often means volunteering at the distribution site in some way. In exchange, you can usually get FREE produce or at least extra produce in your basket! For our specific co-op as an example, we pick up our baskets around 7am, which means those that offer to volunteer that day are there a couple of hours before to distribute the produce that came in.
We volunteer frequently and by doing so, we get free produce.
3. Participate in a community garden
With Spring approaching, consider having your family participate in a community garden. There are far too many different ways this is implemented to mention here, but the general idea is that gardening as a community is often easier and takes less time than trying to tackle the garden plot in your own back yard. You can find out more about how to participate in a community garden here and find one in your own back yard – to turn a phrase! 🙂
4. Buy from a local farmer
During the Summer and Fall months, we are able to buy from the local farmer’s directly as they will have stands or even signs attached to their home/farm advertising their produce sales. This is a great way to get very fresh (often organic depending on the local farm) for much less. If you also know a local farmer, consider establishing a relationship with them so that you can be some of the first to get first picks. This is a seasonal way to save depending on where you live!
This has been one of our top ways to save! Even this past fall, we were able to buy spaghetti squash, butternut squash and many other types of squash for super cheap. In fact, we were able to get them all for $0.50 at a pick-your-own farm that is 3 miles from our home. With proper storage, these types of foods can last for months.
We bought 20 spaghetti squash (and a few other of the other types) as we use it as a pasta replacement. It is a food we enjoy, so we have it a couple of times per week. We still have a few left after a few months, but they are close to their expiration and will all be eaten soon. However, on that $10, we were able to save so much money overall the past few months. This is just one of the many examples of how we save big time on produce with just this one option.
So really take advantage of the local farmer season!
5. Offer to be a farm help (or help with their stand) a couple of hours a week in exchange for produce
As you develop that relationship with a local farmer see if you can donate some of your time to help around the farm or with the produce stand. Many farmers will give you free produce (and other products like eggs, meat, etc.) if you donate an hour or two of your time as often as they have availability. This can also be a good way to establish a solid work ethic for the whole family. 🙂
We have done this not only for food, but one of our daughters is majorly into horses. Getting horse lessons was not in our budget. So she made arrangements with a local gal that teaches horse lessons, that also runs a working farm, to help on the farm in exchange for lessons. She has done this for over a year now!
Yes, this is directly derived from the Biblical Principle of the farmer not over picking his field but rather allowing the poor to come pick the leftovers (Lev 19:9-10, Ruth 2). Although the true meaning is for the widow and poor, many farmers will offer a “gleaning” opportunity to the community as a whole.
When I was a child growing up in Idaho, I remember my family going to the potato farms after the harvest and the farmers allowing the community to go into the fields and pick their own remaining potatoes from what was left over. I would imagine that these types of offers from local farmers are all over the country. Some will be free (as it is also a service to them to get the remaining produce that their trucks did not pick up that would just be tilled back into the ground anyway) and some may charge, but either way – it could be a great way to save. It was very memorable and fun for me as a child too!
7. Buy extra produce from a neighbor or offer other services in exchange
If you have a neighbor with a large or lush garden, they usually have way more than they can handle themselves. They will most likely be willing to sell you some at a large discount, but you can also consider offering services in exchange for fresh garden produce (including helping them weed and take care of the garden throughout the summer)!
8. Focused and exchanged gardening
Coordinate with several friends, family members or neighbors with good soil to each grow one or two items in mass quantity in your own gardens and when you harvest have a big exchange party. It ends up being cheaper when you can grow and focus on only one or two food items in bigger bunches rather than a bunch of small sections of different varieties! Let’s face it – some of us can’t grow a tomato if it killed us while others can’t help but growing them by the bushel! This gardening technique allows you to forgot those vegetables and fruit that you just can’t grow. Plus the likelihood of full and lush growth is better when you can treat the crop with the same care all around!
9. Grown your own
With that, if you do not have friends, family and neighbors to participate in a focused and exchanged garden, then just grow it yourself! It will still be cheaper that buying it from a grocery store, plus much more rewarding for you and your family. Kids seem to eat and enjoy something more when they themselves grew it!
We grow a lot of our own food and then harvest it and prepare it for the winter storage by freezing/canning.
On our site, we have an entire category dedicated to gardening with garden planning downloads and lot sof ideas to make your garden as frugal as possible, while still seeing results. This also includes growing a lot in a small space for urban gardening.
Check out the Gardening category to learn a bunch of many ideas for gardening.
10. Hit the seasonal sales and stock-up
Besides buying from farmers and growing our own, this is another TOP tip for our produce shopping. On one hand, you might argue that it makes for a boring menu, but on the other, it actually makes it exciting.
Buy produce in season at your local stores. If anything, this assures that year-round you will get a nice variety of produce! Grocery stores will usually have 1-2 fruits and vegetables at a rock bottom price each week and then a handful on sale each week! This is the most basic and easiest way to save as you can also just make one stop for your groceries and sale produce!
It also means that our family will eat a lot of asparagus during asparagus season. We get to eat a lot of berries during berry season! But it works to ensure a lot of variety instead of having the same list of produce to buy each week.
11. Watch for markdowns
We LOVE the discount produce section in our store. Seriously so awesome! There is a handful of weekly diet that has been made up from the markdown produce. It’s a fun option to explore because we have gotten so many random and expensive produce items from this one option! We can’t rely on it, but when we find it (we find at least something every week), then it is a huge blessing!
Annually, we save hundreds grabbing markdown produce. The nice thing about it is that it adds variety, even on the non-seasonal produce. We either adjust our menu to incorporate our markdown produce over the next few days. In addition, we end up freezing a lot of markdown produce for future use (you can search on how to freeze different types of produce)!
In addition, check the dates of packaged produce (like salads) and the look of the fresh produce. If something is close to expiration or doesn’t look fantastic, talk to the produce staff and they will likely discount it. Alex does this all of the time. He’s much braver in asking for a discount than me! Note that this doesn’t work at Walmart, but it has worked at every other store we have shopped at.
12. Establish a relationship with local grocery store produce staff and get the almost ready to throw out produce
This is a secret tip, but it is a useful one! Grocery stores are required to pull produce on their shelves at a certain point – which is usually right before it goes bad. Sometimes if you are really nice to the produce staff you can request to pick up a box of all of the produce that they have pulled, especially if you promise to come get it quick.
We know a few friends that do this and the local produce workers will often just give them the box instead of even discounting it. Now you may be asking, “What would I do with the older produce like that?” Well, most of it will probably not be very tasty for consumption as is, but we ourselves freeze turning or very spotted bananas for the best banana bread, you can turn berries and many fruits (and veggies for that matter) into smoothies and juices. You can use older apples and pears for a homemade apple/pear sauce. If this idea intrigues you and you research this, we would love to hear your creative ideas that you find as well!
13. Buy Frozen
Buying produce in the frozen foods section is a great alternative way to save as it can save quite a bit of money all year round – especially when you can catch those frozen produce sales with coupons. We will sometimes buy frozen to fill in the gaps in our menu to prevent us from overspending on our grocery budget on those weeks it could be an issue. When there is a frozen produce sale or produce sale with a coupon, we will also stock-up at those rock-bottom prices to have produce for the future! Most of them are flash frozen and with a little steam heating, doesn’t come out much different than the fresh produce.
We most commonly buy frozen corn, green beans, peas and other similar veggies. We also buy berries frozen when they are on sale. Even when they are not on sale, frozen berries are cheaper than fresh and still maintain much of the nutrients.
We actually buy giant tubs of the Nancy’s plain yogurt for our yogurt each week, instead of the individual serving cups. We then add cinnamon, xylitol or honey and frozen berries to this tub of yogurt and make our own berry yogurt version for super cheap! The frozen berries actually test better in yogurt than fresh. So it is a great option! Plus, we use it in homemade smoothies and ice cream too.
14. Watch and examine packaging
While you are shopping for produce, take a few minutes to carefully check all product packaging. Here are three common examples we find:
- If apples are .97 a lb., but the 3 lb. bag of apples is $2.58, you might want to consider going with the 3lb. bag to save a little more. If you have extra time on your hands in the produce department, those 3lb. bags are approximate and so you could grab a few and weigh them and get the heaviest bag as you will still just pay the $2.58 price 🙂
- We like to eat a ton of celery in our family. At our grocery store, the celery can be quite pricey at around $1.25 – $1.50 each bunch on the stalk. But there is a bag that sells for $1.98 that is the just pre-washed, cut and packed without the celery hearts or extras that usually get disposed of anyway; the package (for $1.98) is equal to two bunches of celery ($2.50- $3). We buy this as we save a little more.
- If you typically only use the crowns of the broccoli, consider buying just the crowns instead of the whole pieces with stems. You might see that the broccoli with the stems sells for $0.99 a lb. while the crowns sell for $1.19 per lb. But if you are going to throw out the stems anyway, then just buy the “more expensive” crowns – but as the crowns weigh significantly less than the stems, you will save money just buying the crowns!
Each of these examples will hopefully demonstrate that by just spending a bit of time in the produce section and considering how different produce types are packaged can add up over time.
15. Don’t buy wet produce
Water is quite heavy, so when you buy produce by the pound you can actually find yourself buying some water as well! Either find produce that hasn’t been rinsed recently or at least shake them well before checking out.
16. Be very selective when you buy your produce full price
How often do you buy your produce and then just a few days later open your fridge to them out the item to use in your meal to find that it has already spoiled? If you take the time to carefully select the under-ripe, quality items then the amount of unused produce you buy will decrease significantly!
17. Buy your produce items smaller when buying by the pound
Often when you cut your produce items, they will need to be consumed right away. When you buy smaller sizes you ensure that the leftover portions not used in your recipe aren’t simply discarded. For example, if we are buying apples by the pound we will pick out the smallest apples so that there is portion control and none of it is wasted. We have found the same principle works with fruits like bananas. Once they are cut or open there really isn’t much hope in saving it. Purchasing the smaller sizes prevent you from throwing away your money, especially if you are feeding young kids!
18. Buy the largest produce you can when the price is per item
If you are going to buy certain items sold individually, then by all means buy the largest item you can find. You might as well as you will pay the same no matter the size you buy.
19. Find those rare produce coupons
To find potential rare coupons on produce, always do a google search. You never know what you will find. However, if you use apps like Ibotta or the Kroger app, you will always have digital produce coupons. There hasn’t been a week yet where we didn’t have at least one produce coupon.
Most of the other coupons are for packaged produce like salads and clementines. You can find them out there.
20. Use Facebook or visit sites of companies that sell produce
For another coupon or discount possibility, visit and like the Facebook pages or the sites of produce companies. If a company does put out a coupon for produce, they often release these coupons to their Facebook fans. If you are following the page, you will be notified to when a coupon is available! We have seen this for avocados, Dole fresh fruits, Earthbound Farms produce, Fresh Express salads, etc.
21. Price match
For any stores that price match in your area, this is a huge benefit as you can shop at one store. You can then take advantage of the prices of produce all around town! We do this quite frequently!
22. Freeze leftovers for a soup or vegetable broth
Whenever there are veggies left over from a meal, keep adding the cooked ones to a container in the freezer. Then when it is full, you can make a nice veggie or veggie beef stew/soup! Those soups already contain quite a combination of veggies, so it will just add to a yummy and unique soup not found anywhere else!
23. Can your extras
Can your supply for the off-season or when you can’t find a deal. Then you can have those produce deals and specials all year-round.
24. Freeze your supply
Almost all veggies and fruits can be frozen to use in the future. We actually freeze quite a bit of produce. Most fruits can be frozen in the state you bought them in. For veggies, you will typically need to do a light blanching and or steaming. The process will be different for each type. We suggest just Googling “how to freeze fresh ______ (fill in the blank)” and follow the instructions to freeze your fresh produce deals!
25. Buy dehydrated produce to rehydrate or even dehydrate your own produce
If you have a dehydrator, you can dehydrate quite a bit of fruits and some veggies. They will then be preserved for quite a while. You can eat them in their dehydrated state, but some can also be rehydrated in water. You can just google this too for the specifics for the types of produce you are looking to dehydrate and rehydrate.
We actually buy dehydrated apples, potatoes and corn in bulk 25 lb. bags and rehydrate them. This has been a perfect solution!
26. Extend the life of your produce with special baggies
There are a variety of fruit and vegetable life extenders you can invest in. These will help extend the life of produce in your fridge. It can be worth the initial investment to buy some of these to help your produce life stretch further than it does now. It makes those weekly specials worth stocking up on because you will know that they will last a little longer. Check out the fruit and vegetable food saver and preservation items on Amazon to get some ideas!
27. Store fruits and vegetables correctly
Research (Google again:)) how to properly store the specific fruits and veggies you bought. Some types of produce will last longer stored on the counter and some will last longer stored in the fridge. Again, helping your produce last longer is going to save you money. It also means you can buy more on those weekly specials!
28. Revive those veggies
Perk up veggies (like broccoli, celery, carrots) in a bowl of ice water. This is an awesome alternative, instead of throwing them out. What does this do? Well, it perks them up again and help the “limpness” disappear. This will allow you to use those vegetables that day as if they were fresh veggies.
29. Regrow your own green onions, celery and lettuce
Did you know that you can regrow veggies? We do this primarily with green onions and lettuce. We have done it with other veggies too, but the green onions and lettuce are the easiest.
Learn about the ever-growing green onion that will regrow over and over again. We usually just let them regrow 2-3 times before replacing. But even if you only regrow one time, this saves you 50% on Green Onions and other veggies. It is a fun project too. 🙂
30. Finally keep up with the produce savings on our site
If you follow our site closely, especially our Facebook page, we will tell you when those awesome coupons are available as soon as we know ourselves! This way you don’t have to follow hundreds of companies but rather just one – shameless plug added! 🙂
Finally, what tips did we miss and which of these have you used to save on produce?
Thank you so much for this list! It is such a great resource.
I had never heard of “reviving” vegetables before. The ice water is a great tip!
Readers in Utah County, price match Buy Low and Rancho market. I’ve been doing this for a few months now, and get about 3 times the produce that I used to for the same price.
Hi Debbie – for some reason this comment went to spam and I just saw it and approved (weird since all of your others come through!). So sorry about that! But YES – reviving veggies is a great way to make them “new” again. I am sure that there are more that you can revive than what we have listed, but this is what we have tried!
Also, Rancho markets has unbelievable produce prices! We live pretty far from them, but have friends that come up from Utah Co. and they bless us with bags of produce from Rancho Markets. I am in absolute shock by the prices they tell me as it seems to be 5 – 10 times higher up here! Thanks for the tips on that for the readers!
I love the ideas but I feel like they would be so hard for me to put in to practice. I live in a big city so many of these aren’t options or I’m not as good at finding things as I thought!
Five years ago I used to grab loose bunches of lettuce or heads of cabbage off the produce shelf & buy them without thinking. I’d bring them home and spend 10 minutes peeling off & pitching the outer leaves on the cabbage and cutting off & throwing away all the bad looking lettuce leaves. *Then my husband lost his job and frugality became a must!
NOW, my girls & I don the store’s produce bags as gloves to do the PRUNING IN THE STORE – AND LEAVE THE BAD LEAVES THERE. We now consume every bit of what we’ve paid for, with no waste.
I work in the produce department at a local store, if you find items that are starting to look a little wilted or brown, just ask a worker for a discount! We would rather drop the price a little bit than throw it away later! and if you are nice, we are nice right back! 🙂
I like this idea 🙂
Great post with great ideas, I make my own vegetables during summer months and i enjoy this. It saves me a loot of money.
I love to revive limp lettuce! If it has gotten slimy, of course, it’s only good for the compost pile. But if it just looks a bit tired, break off the stem then put the leaves immediately into a bowl of cold (but NOT ice) water. Let soak for about an hour and you will have perky crunchy lettuce again! If you add ice to this water they lettuce with wilt again after just a few minutes and become that slimy mess no one will (or should) eat! I often soak my lettuce, then spin it and put it in green bags. I make at least one salad (often 2) per day, so now I have pre-washed lettuce ready to go!
My mom shared a trick with me that she learned while helping out at a dinner theatre fundraiser. If you wash lettuce in warm water first to open the pores in the leaves, then rinse with cold water, the lettuce crisps right up. Now I do this all the time.
Great list! One thing I do which maybe defeats the whole purpose of the Produce Section post is purchase canned veggies. Canned goods are suitable for longer term storage. And most, especially tomatoes, can be had at less than a dollar per pound. Our tomatoes primarily go into enchilada and Italian sauces and masalas (Indian cooking), so “fresh” isn’t an issue for us. Same with corn when it’s added to soups and stews. Also, don’t forget the dried beans and raw nuts, which can be used as is or sprouted for extra nutrition and flexibility. Thanks for the awesome website!
Thank you. I use a lot of these tricks, but there were a few that I hadn’t really thought of. My trick is to avoid the store that sells the “pretty produce” You pay a lot more for pretty produce that has no flavor. Stick with the store that sells the produce cheaper even if it is a bit Ugly. Plus we have produce Dave in our area. I have been following him around for years. You can save on good food, you just have to pay attention.
Be careful when storing canned (store bought) tomatoes – be sure you rotate and use them in a reasonable time! My hubby thought he was being smart and bought a case of tomato paste. I use more tomato sauce than paste, so the box sat and didn’t get opened for about a year. The first can I took out went POOF & SPURT when the can opener punctured the top. I didn’t notice (then) that the lid was probably bulged. I checked out the other cans and all but 3 of them had bulges in their lids. I called the company and they told me that they were not meant to be stored/used after the use by date on the can, because they are not using the same quality materials in their cans as they used to use.
Many people plant fruit trees and then get tired of harvesting or get to old to harvest them. If you see a full tree in a yard you can ask and most will let you pick so they don’t have to deal with the mess! I never pay for apricots or walnuts in season. You can also hunt berries for free during season. You can make fruit sauces or jams and jellies for the whole year!
Thus is something new we do since we use allot of lettuce…I buy a bad off porting soul an cut the top open ( I put it on my deck…raised and I am able to protect it from animals) I plant different lettuce like I would in a garden….but when I harvest I only cut the lettuce instead of pulling the whole plant!! You wouldn’t believe how quickly the lettuce grows back!! And we do it all summer!!
Thanks for the great tips!! One thing I learned from my Mom that works great for celery & lets it last for nearly a month in the fridge – cut a small amount of the tops (leafy part) off the celery & store upside-down in a large cup with some water in the bottom (we kept the cup in the door of our fridge so it didn’t tip over). This keeps the celery crisp & fresh. We also used the leafy parts and the hearts if the celery in soups & stews (adds small amount of flavoring & some extra veggies!), so none was wasted. Also, I find that when I buy the pre-packaged salad, it lasts 3 to 4 times longer if I pull it out of the original bag, carefully sort through to get rid of any icky leaves, and repackage in a brand-new Ziploc-style baggie. Be sure to squeeze any excess air out of the baggie before sealing. I’ve had salad greens last nearly a month in the fridge after doing this!!
Thank you for those tips Linda! They are great! I regrow celery or do the cold water thing to keep crisp, but I am going to try the other idea now too 🙂
I always buy the whole broccoli and celery. The stems of the broccoli can be peeled and eaten in a salad or just used with dip as a snack. (cut in desired sizes/shapes)
They can also be blanched dried and frozen to go in soups stews, casseroles or made in to an au gratin side dish. Same goes with the celery only you have the leaves for added flavor, I also oven fry the little inner stems (battered or breaded) as an alternative to french fries or croutons. If you see Red, yellow or orange peppers on the reduced rack, grab them and roast and store your own to save lots of money.
All of these are great in stir frys also… I want to thank you for the tip on re-growing the green onions… I was called crazy at first, but now 3 families rarely buy any and if they do I am the regrow girl 🙂
I live in UK and veg is expensive here too but I freeze almost all veggies (c/o google) or turn it into pizza/pasta sauces and freeze that into portions, I include home grown tomatoes, and add zucchini carrots mushrooms etc. this means the kids also get plenty of veg in their favorite meals. I make fruit compotes,to eat with porridge, jams, pick berries from the hedgerows and Make jams and desserts and freeze. Also make chutneys with veg. A neighbour always has a glut of apples and I make applesauce and freeze it into portions. It will last 5 days in the fridge once defrosted
Containers like Tupperware fridge mates can really extend the life of your produce as well. We purchased some and while the initial expense was high even with my discount and the sale that was on at the time, we made our money back by having to throw out much less produce. It stayed fresh that much longer! Spinach was a great example. We rarely bought it because we only like it fresh in salads, and it goes bad so quickly. Plus it’s so expensive here unless you buy it in bulk! We’ve found that storing it in a container meant for keeping produce fresh, it keeps for twice or sometimes three times as long and we don’t end up throwing it out before it goes bad!
Another way I save on seasonal produce is to visit farms that do sell to the public and buy culls or not so pretty produce. They usually do this every morning, very early of course, it gets pretty hot in Ga pretty quick, so early is good. I’ve gotten huge boxes of peaches for $3 a box, greens, tomatoes, berries, pears, beans and peas for about or close to the same. My husband and I don’t have very green thumbs and there are no community gardens or things like that around here. We do have local farmers market and a csa, but those can be pricey too. When I get these boxes of produce, because it’s early in the day, I spend the rest of the day, cleaning and putting them up. Preferably freezing, but I do can some.
dont throw out broccoli stalks, Nuke em and eat em .
Buy green(ish() bananas and some already ripe ones for longevity
Kristin @ Peppermints and Cherries
Thank you for these great tips. I wash my produce with Thieves fruit and veggie wash from Young Living, and this is just personal opinion, but I think it keeps my produce fresh longer! If you skip the junk food and buy the fresh produce instead, that’s always a savings!
Very helpful and inspiring post. I find organic and regular produce at Aldi’s at good prices.
Eating the right foods can help you keep unhealthy weight off year round.
I tried some tips following this post like”Buy Your Produce Items Smaller When Buying By The Pound” or ” Freeze the product” and I see it’s really effective. This type of post keeps me more infformed and interested. Thank you.
Mary E Vakalala
We are also a family of 8 too, I struggle on budget for groceries. We eat meat maybe 3-4 meals a week and I cook things from scratch and I do many though not all of your produce tips. What exactly do you eat every week? and how old are your kids…I feel like mine are always hungry and it drives me up the wall. We have 3 meals a day and one snack. We eat a fair amt of beans…would just love to hear what you are eating every day….thanks!!!