Save on Fruits and Vegetables by Buying Locally-Grown Produce in Season
When fruits and vegetables have to be transported long distances, grown in greenhouses out of season, or stored in warehouses, the price of your grocery bill can go up. While there are some fruits and vegetables that are sourced in huge quantities at cheap prices from foreign countries, other produce can be very expensive. Not to mention the chemicals required to keep imported produce appearing fresh and appetizing between the farm to your table.
If you want to save money, buying locally-grown produce in season not only helps the environment, but can help your wallet, too. Especially if you can join a value-priced farm co-op or find a bargain-priced farmer’s market.
Depending on where you live, the fruits and vegetables in season will be different. Even within the same state, seasonal produce can vary by weeks or more than a month.
Field to Plate put together a great list of links by state to help you determine what’s in season where you live. Take a look and find your state to see what’s in season.
And don’t forget the possibility of growing your own fruits and vegetables. The initial investment for supplies can be pricey, but if you’re committed long-term and choose your crops strategically, you could save money while having fresh produce at your fingertips.