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 get started with 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.