I always like to share tips with you on how to save money at the grocery store. Face it, groceries probably eat up a HUGE chunk of your budget. My personal favorite way to save money is by using coupons, but not all stores offer coupons for the healthiest foods, like fruits and veggies or meat. For this reason, farmer’s markets are great places to get cheaper produce and meat direct from the source. But if you don’t have time to hit up the farmer’s market, or you don’t have one near you, the best way to save on fresh foods like produce is to buy what’s in season. Here’s our guide to seasonal food.
I love visiting pick-your-own farms in the spring for fresh strawberries. Those store-bought ones don’t even compare, but if you do buy strawberries at the store, they’ll be freshest from early May until early June. Other produce to buy during the spring: peppers, greens (lettuce, spinach, kale, arugula, etc.), peas, celery, asparagus, turnips, rhubarb, spring onions, etc.
I love how so many little produce stands pop up during the summer months. This makes it easier to get produce directly from the farmer without having to make time for the farmer’s market. The list of fresh produce during the summer months is huge, so here are just a few of many: greens (same as mentioned above), broccoli, cherries, blackberries, blueberries, cabbage, cucumber, corn, onions, peppers, tomatoes (there’s also nothing like a fresh-picked tomato!), potatoes, summer squash, zucchini, radishes, eggplant, apples, peaches, watermelon, and many more. Talk about endless variety!
You may be surprised to know how many veggies are in-season during the fall. Much of the spring and summer produce will be particularly expensive and less flavorful during the fall and winter months, so eat these foods instead: winter squash, pears, plums, carrots, peas, gourds, pumpkins, leeks, turnips, apples, zucchini, beets, cauliflower, etc.
Although this is probably the smallest list of in-season produce, there are still several options to choose from: winter squash, radishes, pumpkins, Brussels sprouts, carrots, onions, celery, greens, leeks, turnips, potatoes, etc.
When you buy food that is in-season, it’s not only cheaper but also more flavorful too! Grocery stores are able to buy it from local farms, instead of having it shipped from across the country, so the seasonal items you buy are much fresher and tastier than those that are out of season. Buying fresh seasonal produce is just another easy way to save on your grocery bill!