Ways To Save On Produce

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by Jennifer Freeman

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Ways To Save On Produce

Over the years I have learned some specific ways to save on fruits and vegetables.  And I have a new deeper interest in saving on fruits and vegetables this year because I was blessed by Mr. Cameraman at Christmas with a Vitamix!! I really wanted a Vitamix and it was such a surprise to receive it.   But we are really REALLY going through the produce right now.

Don’t miss the weekly produce cash back deal for sure!

The number one way to save on produce is with simple strategy!  Let me explain further because it is just a tiny bit of planning to make your produce savings happen.

First, would you agree the very best and 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 it’s at its peak flavor and it’s bounty the cost will be lower.  It’s supply and demand!

Now, the strategy for saving on fruits and vegetables is to know what produce is in season and shop those items first.  I would not plan a watermelon salad at Christmas time, it is way too costly!  Instead I would stick to watermelon in the summer!

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

Check out my list of seasonal produce 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.

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! Print this list for future reference.  Go as far as making notes of the last price you paid for the produce and try to beat that price.

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, Comic pears, cranberries, kiwi, lemons, oranges, persimmons, squash, and yams. Watch for potatoes priced special for Thanksgiving!

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

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