As you make your way through your local grocery store, you may notice that some fruits and vegetables are either absent or their prices have sky-rocketed. This is most likely because they are not in season.
The high price reflects the need to ship this produce to your local supermarket. If you’re like most people and budget your weekly food purchases, the best way to save money on food is to plan your meals and shopping around what’s in season.
Not only does your wallet feel a little heavier but buying in season can give you a reason to try out new recipes and be creative in the kitchen.
If you’re thinking there’s much more to choose from in the summer, you’re right. The only other season with more in-season fresh produce is fall.
There are a few different ways to check out what’s in season while shopping. One key factor is to be aware of prices.
If you notice that blueberry prices have soared, they’re most likely out of season. As you shop more in the produce section, you’ll notice trends and be able to snag a few deals.
Also, looking online for lists of what’s in season can help you as you plan meals. For instance, the US Department of Agriculture suggests buying fruits like blueberries and peaches as well as vegetables such as corn and green beans right now, in July.
Try visiting your local farmer’s market too. You’ll find seasonal produce right from the source and will be able to buy from local businesses.
Fruit and vegetables in season will look their healthiest during that time. Not only will you be saving money but enjoying the best from the garden.
With expected increases of 2% to 3.5% in produce prices across the board in 2016, buying fruits and vegetables can add up.
Purchasing in season can help lessen the impact that inflation creates and provide healthier ingredients for your recipes and meals.