A trip to the local farmers market can easily drain your wallet, but it doesn’t have to.
There’s one simple rule to follow when shopping for summer produce: Buy seasonal. You’ll get the best flavor and value for shopping in-season since a bump in quantity drives prices lower.
Summer bumper crops include: peaches, watermelon, corn, tomatoes and zucchini.
And, no need to buy all organic at higher prices. When it comes to corn and watermelon, buying organic does not pay. According to the US Department of Agriculture corn and melons are safe to consume in non-organic forms thanks to their outer layer of skin.
Don’t be afraid to buy frozen, either. There’s a misconception that frozen fruits don’t have as many nutrients, but they do – at a fraction of the price. We bought two bags of frozen peaches for $7.00, the same price as a similar quantity of fresh peaches, but the frozen will last longer.
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