Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Super Market Sweep

I'm am always on a quest to spend less at the grocery store... never happens.
We eat a lot of fresh produce, a lot. My husband hates frozen and canned vegetables so we always buy fresh. We don't always buy organic, but if it's available and it's part of the dreaded dirty dozen we go organic. These fruits and veggies include:

  1. Celery
  2. Peaches
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Blueberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Bell peppers
  8. Spinach
  9. Cherries
  10. Kale/collard greens
  11. Potatoes
  12. Grapes (imported)
If your budget allows for more, here are the next few to try to buy organic:
  1. Lettuce
  2. Blueberries (imported)
  3. Carrots
  4. Green beans (domestic)
  5. Pears
  6. Plums (imported)
  7. Summer squash
  8. Cucumbers (imported)
Obviously this can be expensive. They don't print coupons for produce. So, the best way to save is to buy in season. When it's in season it's cheaper because it's more plentiful and it tastes better. Have you had a tomato in December and one in June, there is a BIG difference. Plus, often times, it's local. That means less travel = fresher, cheaper, and better for the environment. During the summer many cities have local farmer's markets, these are awesome! You get the chance to meet local farmers and eat the freshest produce, almost as good as growing it in your own backyard. I can't garden fyi. Sometimes you can even goto a local farm and pick your own.
With summer rolling in, the produce gets better and better every week!
Happy chompin'

1 comment:

  1. I buy lots of fresh fruits and veggies and it can be expensive but sometimes they put them on sale and it's totally worth it to buy fresh. I typically buy cantaloupe, tomatos, spinach, cucumbers, broccoli, apples, strawberries, grapes and recently peaches. Yum!