It is that time of year where Farmer’s Markets, produce stands and other popular methods of selling local fruits and vegetables to the public are cropping up all over the place. Purchasing your fruits and vegetables from stands and markets is an opportunity to do two wonderful things. The first of course is to support your local farmers.
The other reason is that often, shopping for these healthy fresh fruits and fresh vegetables at these locations is more cost effective, leaving you with some extra cash that you might not obtain by shopping at your local grocery stores’ produce department.
First of all, usually these fruits and vegetables are a bit more fresh than those found at the corner grocer. In addition, there is often a dramatic price reduction on the fruits and vegetables. The stores raise the cost so they can gain back what they paid, plus make money on top. The produce stands offer bulk buys that significantly reduce these prices.
A farmer’s market or produce stand is a great place to get healthy fresh fruit, and still save money. The rising cost of everything, including food definitely warrants a trip to your local vendor. You can look in your yellow pages, but more often than not, if you keep your eyes peeled while you are out and about, you will probably discover one.
The only place I can think of that would be cheaper than buying this way, is if you have a local orchard that allows you to pick the fruit and vegetables yourself.