How to Get the Best Deals on Spring Season Organic Produce
For those that want to buy organic but wish to keep the cost down, shopping at a farmer’s market offers an affordable solution. Buying organic produce at a grocery store is more expensive than going directly to the farmer. Also, you’re far more likely to get fresher foods when you buy local. This is because the produce hasn’t been shipped across the country and hasn’t lost its nutritional value on the way.
There are two things you’ll want to keep in mind to get the most bang for your buck when buying organic produce.
1. Know What Fruits Are in Season in the Spring
The best thing you can do to reduce costs is to buy what’s in season and plan your meals and storage of food accordingly. Here’s what you can expect to find in the Spring at a farmer’s market:
Strawberry season starts in middle to late May. You’ll definitely want to buy this fruit in the organic variety. When grown traditionally, it has the highest pesticide content of any fruit. To find out about the "dirty dozen" of fruits and vegetables, please read the 12 foods with the highest pesticide content. You can really cut the cost of organic strawberries if you grow them yourself. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about how to grow strawberries using a strawberry pot, even if you live in an apartment or don’t have a garden.
Just before you start planning for your 4th of July celebrations in mid to late June, the other seasonal berries will be black, red, and purple raspberries, blueberries, and gooseberries.
A gooseberry looks something like a grape and they’re only in season for a short time, so you’ll have to snag them when you see them. Learn more about gooseberries and how to cook with them here.
Right around late March to the middle of April is when asparagus and rhubarb will be in season. The middle of May is the best time to buy all varieties of greens, spinach, and radishes. In late May and early June, pull out the recipes that call for endives and escarole.
2. Be the Last Buyer
Another thing you can do to save on organic, locally grown produce is to shop at the farmer’s market near the end of the day. The sellers will be much more likely to offer you a better price on the produce when they’re trying to wrap up the day’s business.