**Check your local grocery ads, as certain items might be cheaper by the week. You have to evaluate cost versus freshness, etc.
***FM=Farmer’s Market; G = Grocery Store
Vegetable Price Comparisons
FM $.75 each; G $.99
FM 3/$2; G $1.00-$1.50 each
FM $.50 each; G $.67-$1.29 each
FM 2/$2; G 8/$4
FM 6/$2; G 8-10/$2
FM $.75 each; G $.99-$1.29 each
FM $2.99/lb; G $1.89/lb
FM $4.99/lb; G $1.99/lb
*Note: Green Beans at the FM look 900 x better than the ones in the grocery store. Also, zucchinis and squashes (squashi…what’s the plural for squash???) are HUGE at farmer’s market! Now is the time to make lots of zucchini bread and freeze it!
Fruit Price Comparisons
FM $5; G$4-6 each
FM $5; G $1.25-$3 each
FM 5/$5; 8/$4
FM $.89/lb; G $.99/lb
-Grown locally and recently picked (produce has been in the back of a truck, plane or barge for 3+ days
-Often grown organically
-Individual produce are generally larger in size, therefore much cheaper “by the ounce”!
-FRESH, FRESH, FRESH = TASTY, TASTY, TASTY!
-In my case, must make an extra stop with toddlers in tow! Who touch EVERYTHING and therefore I end up feeling guilty and buying more than I intended!
-Might be “out of the way” or a “waste of gas”…depending on the location. I am fortunate enough to live near 2 great markets, and another that’s on the way to one of our weekly appointments!
Bottom line: Give your farmer’s market a try! It is likely MUCH cheaper for all those fruits and veggies!
P.S. Seeds are SUPER cheap right now…Think next year’s garden…Seeds freeze well or can also be kept in a simple can! I’ve got my 2009 garden plan in the works and am already excited to get it up and going!
Let us know about some of your “steals” and “deals” from your favorite Farmer’s Market!