Are you finding your produce bill to be increasing in price and competing with your meat bill? I love fresh local produce as it makes up more than half of my daily food consumption, it’s tastier, healthier and more fulfilling than produce that’s trucked into town, in my opinion.
This means it’s important for me to find affordable ways to incorporate as many fruits and veggies into my diet without breaking the bank. I utilize a variety of methods to save on my produce bills at different times throughout the year.
I have some tips to help you save money on your produce bill without having to become a full fledged farmer!
- Shop the fruits and vegetables which are in season. They are generally priced better, are fresher, juicer and taste better than trucked in produce that is picked early and could be in transit for weeks.
- Visit the farms in your area which sell produce. Some farmers have exceptional prices and beat your local grocery store hands down.
- Check the cash back apps for their weekly offers for fruits and vegetables. There’s usually a couple available.
- If your grocery store has a loyalty program, check if they have produce offers. I shop at Sobey’s who is partnered with AirMiles. Every week I receive my newsletter with loadable offers to my AirMiles card. I receive frequent offers for up to 50% off fruits and veggies based on my previous purchases.
- My favourite way to save money on produce is growing veggies and fruits at home and preserving some of my harvest for winter consumption (the picture above was one day’s picking from my gardens). Any one can grow veggies or fresh herbs and without a lot of space. Even people who live in apartments can grow food. If you have limited space then container gardening is a great solution for you. I love growing some of my produce in containers and they do wonderfully in very little space.
- Good Food Box programs are a fantastic way to stretch your produce budget and it’s affordable for the value in the box. They are like a fruit and veggie buyers cooperative. Every program has their own service area and administration guidelines. It’s best to search for your local Good Food Box program for complete details.
- Ask your friends and neighbours if you can pick fruit from their trees.
- Forage for some of your food in the wild. Living in the country I see a lot of people stopping to forage for food. We have asparagus, mushrooms including morels, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and fiddleheads growing wild not too far away from us. When I lived in the city I often saw people picking plantain leaves and dandelion leaves for their salad. Check out my list of 100 wild foods to forage for.
- Look for harvest sharing on Kijiji or other trade sites. I’ve seen many offers for picking fruit for free. They obviously want to keep their property clean and you’ll benefit from the fruits of their labour with their harvest.
- Sometimes produce coupons come available but they are far and few between. They go fast when they do come out!
I’d love to hear if you have any tips that you utilize to save on produce. Please leave me a comment below.