By Glenn's Mom
When you find fruits or veggies at a price too good to pass up, and you have the storage room, buy in bulk and stock up. If you freeze them, remember veggies keep their texture and taste better if you blanch them before freezing.
Farmers markets are a good shopping source. Also, check the for sale ads in little farm town papers. Many farmers sell excess produce.
Another good source to find farm fresh veggies for sale could be your county extension office. Many know of a 4H kid who is selling part of their crop (or even eggs).
You don't have to put up food in large scales. When I see peppers marked down to 20 cents each, I buy a few and dice them up, then blanch. I pat dry, then put in a large freezer bag for use on pizza, chili, omelets. I just grab a handful as needed.
Also, check your fridge on a regular base. Use up food or freeze it before it goes bad. It does not gain you anything if you buy it cheap, but let it go to waste.
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Hi, My Grandmother lived by some farms. She would go to the farms right after they had picked the crop and ask if she could have some vegetables that were left in the fields. They always told her yes, and they were free. She would have lots of brown bags with her and fill them up with the vegetables. Then she would share them with people. Loretta
I am lucky to live close (2hrs away) to a produce auction. Last year I got 20 large eggplants for 1.50! Nobody knew what to do with them, so I got them cheap. I have 6 sons and many cookbooks, so I can find a recipe or preserve anything that they will eat. Also, growing vegetables will help children eat them if they get to help in the planting and harvesting. I try many exotic or odd veggies when on sale. Most raw veggies are great as is or with a little soysauce or ranch dressing. You save the most money, by not wasting any. When they are getting close to the edge of freshness, I cook and use in soup or freeze.
The Green Bags help, but the best way to save money on veggies is to buy what's in season. In season veggies are much less expensive, and also are at the peak of their flavor and nutritional value!
Think about tomatoes for example. How many times have you paid 3 prices for a tomato in the winter and it tastes like cardboard? The same holds true for other fruits and veggies. Buy in season for better value and more enjoyment.
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