So what are some ways you can save money on produce?
Grow as much as you can yourself. Having your own garden is inexpensive, healthy, and puts food right at your fingertips.
Buy in season. Not all produce grows year round. Strawberries at the store a couple weeks ago were $3.99/lb. If I wait till Summer I can get them for $.99/lb. Stick to what's in season for maximum savings.
Buy in large quantity if you find a good deal. You can always freeze or can the extra. I've bought pears, apples, and peaches in large quantities while they were in season. We eat what we can while they are fresh and I preserve the rest. I've done the same with strawberries and blueberries. We eat what we can and then I freeze what's left. Frozen berries are perfect for smoothies. You can enjoy produce year round without paying the extra cost.
Buy at Farmer's markets. Usually you can find a fair deal through local farmers. Plus it's always good to buy local.
Pick your own farms. Some farmers allow you to come to their land and pick your own produce. If you are local to my area (Des Moines, IA) here is a great link from the ISU extension office for pick your own farms.
Watch for sales. Of course you can always watch your local stores for sales on produce. Plan your meals around the produce that is on sale and/or in season at the time.
How do you save money on produce?