Top 7 Ways To Save On Produce – #5 Buy With Strategy

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by Jennifer Freeman

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Top 7 Ways To Save On Produce – #5 Buy With Strategy

 

As we are moving along in the Way To Save On Produce series the next step is to buy with strategy.   When looking to buy produce with the intention of feeding our families healthy fruits and vegetables but wanting to save the most money it will take just a tiny bit of planning to make it happen.

Would you agree that the very best, most flavorful produce is when the fresh vegetable or fruit is in season?  I sure hope you do!  It only stands to reason if the produce is in season and at it’s bounty then pricing will most likely be the least expensive.  It’s supply and demand!

Strategy for saving with produce would be find out what’s in season and shop those items first.  I would not plan a watermelon salad at Christmas time!  Instead I would stick to watermelon in the summer!

Top 7 Ways To Save On Produce – #5

 

Ways to Save On ProduceTip #5

Buy Produce With Strategy – buy what’s in season!

Check out my list of seasonal produce list set up month by month, season by season.  When looking at the sales ads you will see the produce sales and most likely, the sale will coincide with the seasonal best deals.   Plan your menu around those fruits and vegetables FIRST, then add a bit extra for variety.

Consider freezing or canning the seasonal produce to have for future use.  Pick it up now at the rock bottom price and prepare it for upcoming months.

Every month, at the beginning of the month I share a detailed post about What Is Best To Buy This Month.  Included in that information are the seasonal fruits and vegetables to be on the look out for.  They are in season, at an abundance with the best flavor and lowest pricing!

 

What vegetables and fruits are in season month by month.

Celery, potatoes and bananas have pretty consistent pricing all year long.  My seasonal produce list may be slightly different in your climate. Some produce will be seasonally for a few months, try some new recipes and enjoy!

Seasonal Produce In January:
oranges, pears, grapefruit, tangerines, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, kale, kiwi, avocado, cabbage, & spinach.

Seasonal Produce In February:
artichoke, asparagus, raspberries, potatoes, strawberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, kale, kiwi, leeks, avocado, & spinach.

Seasonal Produce In March:
artichoke, asparagus, avocado, Haas, broccoli, blood oranges, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, fennel, kale, leek, lemon, lime, mushrooms, onions, orange, peas, radish, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, & tangerines.

Seasonal Produce In April:
artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, grapefruit, Hass avocado, mushrooms, onions, peas, & rhubarb.

Seasonal Produce In May:
apricots, artichokes, asparagus, avocado,green beans, cherries, beets, blackberries, carrots, onions, sweet Vidalia onions, peas, edible pods, English/Shelling peas, new potatoes, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries.

Seasonal Produce In June:
apricots, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, broad beans, cherries, corn, cucumber, eggplant, grapes, honeydew, nectarines, peaches, peas, potatoes, raspberries, red onions, Roma tomatoes, summer squash, strawberries, sweet Vidalia onions, tomatoes, & watermelon.

Seasonal Produce In July:
Asian pears, Bartlett pears, green beans, blueberries, cherries, corn, cucumber, curly lettuce, eggplant, figs, garlic, grapes, nectarines, red onions, Valencia oranges, okra, peaches, peppers (sweet, bell), plums, summer squash, tomatoes including Roma tomatoes & watermelon.

Seasonal Produce In August:
Apple, Hass avocado, beans, green beans, berries, corn, cucumber, eggplant, figs, grapes, lettuce, melons, okra, onion, peaches, pears, bell pepper, plums, raspberries, summer squash, tomatillo, & tomatoes.

Seasonal Produce In September:
apples, artichokes, beans, bell peppers, chili peppers, corn, cucumber, eggplant, grapes, pears (Asian, Bartlett), pomegranate, pumpkins, squash, tomatillo, tomatoes

Seasonal Produce In October:
almonds, apples, artichokes, arugula, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, chard, chestnuts, cranberries, lemons, parsnip, pears, persimmons, pomegranate, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, winter squash, turnips, yams, & sweetcorn.

Seasonal Produce In November:
Anjou pears, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, red cabbage, carrots, celery, Comice pears, cranberries, kiwi, lemons, oranges, persimmons, squash, and yams. Watch for potatoes priced special for Thanksgiving!

Seasonal Produce In December:
broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit, kale, leeks, mushrooms, oranges, papayas, parsnips, pears, ersimmons, pomegranates, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, tangelos, tangerines, turnips

Now that you are buying in season, find new recipes for cooking the vegetables.  I have 3 places that I routinely go to for new recipes: Cooks.com, Food Network and Epicurious. These are my top 3 recipe places because the reviews and comments are most helpful from these sources. I want the input of many people who have tried a recipe and see their ideas of taste and tweaks to the ingredients.

 

Check out the first Tips On Produce Savings – This series on how to save on produce certainly focuses on preventing as little waste and spoilage as possible.

#1 Top 7 Ways To Save On Produce

#2 Stop the Waste! But How?

#3 This simple step will save you every time!

#4 Freeze those vegetables

#5 Buy with strategy! Seasonally & a complete list

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