Save Money on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
With a few tips and tricks, shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables can be as easy on the pocketbook as it is healthy and delicious.
- Buy in season.
When produce is in season, there’s more of it available—so it’s more affordable.
- Time it right.
Visit the farmers' market near the end of the day. Vendors are often willing to offer discounts on produce remaining on their hands as closing time nears.
- Buy in bulk.
It's often possible to get a case price on fruits and vegetables. Ask your local farm stand or the produce department of larger groceries, and stock up, then preserve or freeze your bounty.
- Get a subscription.
Farm Fresh Rhode Island offers year-round weekly or biweekly Veggie Boxes from Rhode Island and Massachusetts farms. The Veggie Boxes are delivered to worksites and community agencies across the state.
- Grow your own.
A small raised bed or a few pots on a patio can yield a much greater harvest than you might imagine. Start from seeds for even greater savings. You can even start planting in Rhode Island in the fall, as explained in these tips from Southside Community Land Trust.
Storage and Prep Tips
- Bag fresh fruits and vegetables separately from meat, poultry, and seafood products.
- Refrigerate all produce that is purchased pre-cut or peeled.
- Wash fruits and vegetables under running water just before eating, cutting or cooking (even if you plan to peel the produce). Avoid using soap, detergent, or commercial produce washes.
- Dry produce with a clean cloth towel or paper towel, as that may further reduce any bacteria.