Seasonal Produce Month by Month List

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by Jennifer Freeman

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Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables Month by Month

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 peak flavor and its bounty will keep the cost 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!

Since we are having most of our produce come from outside the US produce month by month is a bit trickier because of the different and longer growing seasons elsewhere.  Some of the items I list you certainly will still find during different times at decent prices.  Just be sure to jot down your “Buy” price point to know what is a great deal for you, no matter the time of year!

Buy Produce With Strategy – Purchase 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.

TIP: 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.
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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 a seasonal best for a few months, try some new recipes and enjoy!

Print this Seasonal Produce Month by Month list for future reference.  Go as far as making notes of the last price you paid 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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Interview and Article from The Denver Post

There’s a strategy to “Extreme Couponing,” says Las Vegas mom and blogger Jen Freeman: No clipping.

Instead, Freeman perfected a search-and-find Internet system that allows her to compile all of the coupons she needs for a trip to the grocery store into one handy computer printout.

“I’ve couponed for over 20 years, and I have learned through trial and error what works and what didn’t work,” says Freeman. “I have tried every method you can possibly think of.”

That is how Freeman, the author of and a couponing expert who returns to Colorado on Oct. 16 for her second Denver Post-sponsored “Grocery Smarts” workshop this year, arrived at her best practices for saving money on her family’s food bill and saving time wrangling all those discounts.

Couponing devotees may know Freeman from the popular TLC show “Extreme Couponing,” which taps into “Americans’ fascination with saving a buck, particularly during uncertain economic times,” says Alon Orstein, the network’s vice president of East Coast production and development. “The series also introduces viewers to extraordinary everyday people who’ve built their lives around getting more for less.”

The 2010 premiere of the show, which is now in production for its fourth season, attracted 2.1 million viewers.

During one of Freeman’s appearances on “Extreme Couponing,” the mother of 7-year-old twins applied her no-clipping strategy to $1,000 worth of groceries, trimming that bill down to less than $100.

How did it all start? Freeman’s husband is career military. Freeman got into the couponing game when she learned how difficult it can be to stretch a military paycheck.

“When you’re young in the military, there is literally no money to stretch,” she says. “I realized after paying bills that I would have $25 left for groceries for the next two weeks. I had to figure something out.”

The backbone of Freeman’s strategy is simple: Apply manufacturer coupons to products that are on sale, then stock up. But Freeman has developed additional tricks.

For one thing, nearly every coupon she uses is electronic, and she stores those coupons in a searchable database on her website (

“Use (the coupon) when you want it, and don’t spend time clipping and sorting,” she says. “Once your eyes are opened to the savings, you realize there are savings all over.”

“We were spending between $1,100 and $1,200 a month on groceries,” Morris recalls. “That was our WalMart/Costco bill.”

Morris says that after getting more savvy about couponing, she cut that expense nearly in half.

“Couponing is easier than it was before,” she says. “There are so many resources online that can do the work for us… When I realized I could free up $500 a month from my family’s budget just by couponing? Please! At that point, there’s no reason not to.”


“Extreme Couponing” expert Jen Freeman’s savvy, money-saving strategy


What’s best to buy in August?

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by Jennifer Freeman

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What’s best to buy in August?

Have you ever wondered what are the best months to buy certain items? Wonder whats on clearance by month? I have compiled a list of “when is it best to buy” certain items. This list is compiled from years of making the most of my money by purchasing strategically. And one of my big strategies is buy when the best price presents itself. My What’s Best To Buy This Month series will give you the guideline.

During the year, when I make note of things we need to consider replacing in the house I will wait for the seasonal sale. While I am waiting, it gives me an opportunity to stash a little money away to plan for that purchase.


What’s Best To Buy In August:

Back to school: look for pudding cups, lunch meat, lunchbox snacks, etc.   Find KRAFT Coupons, Mott’s Applesauce Coupons and lunchbox snack coupons!

Back to school / office supplies sales offering lots of bargains on kids clothes, school backpacks and laptops. Keep an eye out for Staples and Office Depot penny items.

Also look for disinfectant products like Clorox and Purell. Search for coupons to get more savings and learn to how to find the coupons easily!

Buy office/school supplies, enough to last the upcoming year. Buy cheap tape for holiday gift wrapping. Poster board for upcoming school projects.

Also look for money-saving deals on camping gear, backyard pools, yard equipment, lawn mowers, AC units, playground sets and patio furniture.

August Clearance sales:  insect repellent, sunscreen, charcoal, etc.

August Seasonal Produce:   Stone fruits (apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines) Apple (Gravenstein), Hass avocado, beans, green beans, berries, corn, cucumber, eggplant, figs, grapes, lettuce, melons, onion, peaches, Bartlett pears, bell pepper, plums, raspberries, summer squash, tomatillo, & tomatoes.

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Summer Shopping Can Offer Discounted Prices

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by Jennifer Freeman

Find a Bargain in July

Would you like to save as much as 75 to 90 percent on items during July? Between Christmas in July and Back-to-School sales, it can be a great month to save on shopping.

The Christmas in July theme began in the 1940s, marking the time of year to send Christmas cards and packages to servicemen and women overseas to give ample time for them to arrive by Christmas. Nowadays, though, it represents the time of year for major sales as retailers, including online and mail-order, reduce current inventory and clear the shelves to make room for new incoming merchandise and the latest models that will be arriving soon.

Keeping with tradition, July can be a great time to do your Christmas shopping. Buy now and stash the gifts. What can you find on sale? Look for deals on toys, household items, movies, camping gear, summer items, and items for men or women. Also, mail order retailers begin selling new Christmas items at reduced prices during July.

Hot Back-to-School deals start now, too. Look for kid’s clothing and school supplies, including pencils, rulers, glue sticks, erasers, folders, paper, markers and more for pennies on the dollar. And don’t just buy for now; purchase extra for restocking through the school year or for your home office.

Remember to use your coupons and savings apps with these purchases to get even greater savings.


By Jen Freeman
Published in New Mexico Marketplace July 2017 edition
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