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farmer's market
Saving money on fresh produce can be one of the hardest parts about grocery shopping. Two pieces of advice…know what is in season and buy locally when you can! It is fresher and tastes much better.

My favorite resource for knowing what is in season is a site run by the federal government that tracks farmers markets across the US. This report is not the easiest to read but it will show you whether the market is light, trending up, steady or decreasing. The best prices for items will be when the market is steady or heavy.

Another great resource is a government report issued every week analyzing thousands of grocery ads across the US. (I wouldn’t want this job). You can see not only what is being marketed nationally, you can see the average price of those items.

So what produce is in season during the month of June?

Fruit
strawberries
watermelon
peaches
blueberries (just coming into season)
pineapples (nearing the end)

Vegetables
corn
onions
tomatoes
zucchini & squash
potatoes
bell peppers
cabbage & salad

Other Items
hot dogs & other grilling meats
barbecue sauce
mustard
potato chips
charcoal
bottled water
batteries
other storm preparedness items

    • Amy M.

      Helpful post. Thanks!

    • Jen

       This I so believe in! I try to get a lot from local farmers, knowing there is no pesticides, hormones, and there is humane treatment. The nearby stores are starting to carry things that are local and I am so glad to see it. Less transportation, less loss of vitamins.

    • Blate

      Jenny- Are you gonna do an article on preserving produce? I’ve never canned before but would some advice. :)
      Thanks!

      • Kat

        A great resource for canning and picking your own fruits and vegetables is pickyourown.org

      • Couponmom2008

        Check out the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving. It has ALL the info you need for canning and proper freezing for everything. I got it to make local jams and jellies but it has some much more!! There is also a website listed in the book http://www.freshpreserving.com.

      • Faye Wilkerson

        If you need help preserving fruits and vegs. BALL has a book that shows how to can, freeze, and dry all types.  It is with the canning supplies at Wal-Mart.  Very helpful

    • freedomspradley1

      A girlfriend of mine recently started a produce co-op where we get anyone who wants to participate to chip in $20 and a basket and we head out to the farmers market and get as much produce as we can.  In May we had 26 participants and we got tons of wonderful fresh produce including cabbage, onions, garlic, bell pepper, red potatoes, cucumbers, yellow squash, lettuce, bananas, jalapenos, broccoli, corn, oranges, peaches, tomatoes, and avocados.  With so much in season in June I expect an even better basket this month!!

      • Justme

        where do you live?

        • freedomspradley1

          Just outside of Columbia, SC.

    • Peg

      We have worked a backyard garden for about 25 years allowing us to eat fresh vegetables. It is amazing the amount of produce you can grow in a small plot of land and flowerbeds. My husband recently started a blog in order to track our gardening experience. It is the beginning of summer season for us and the blog is just beginning to take shape. You can view at gkosatersgarden.blogspot.com

    • Mcbfan

      We made a visit to the Tennessee Amish vegetable auction this week…what a wonderful experience….great for co-op purchases.  Is in Ethridge TN.  Auctions are Mon, Wed, and Fri at 1 pm

      • Rachel

        My mother was born in Ethridge!

    • Andrea Hoover

      Thanks for this list. Very helpful

    • Kerrie Roach

      Check with your local Cooperative Extension office and they can get you in touch with local producers!

      NC – http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/index.php?page=countycenters

      SC – http://www.clemson.edu/extension/county/index.html

    • Always_3xa_lady

      fyi…..everytime you buy produce and it has seeds, remove the seeds and plant them…plant them they will grow…i have planted onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, bell pepper, and even pineapples from the store.

      • Gimemail_melissa

        and then you can the extras and use them later when the veggies and fruits are not in season.  

        • Nonnie Mouse

          Or freeze! (Just be sure and look up online before you do; a few things need special treatment before freezing, such as blanching, or they can turn nasty…

          This year so far, we have stocked up on strawberries, pineapple, and mangos, thanks to Aldi. We’ll be U-picking blueberries this month.

      • Justme

        i have planted oranges trees and a avocado tree too!!! 

    • Leigh

      Great post!  I love the help in knowing what’s ‘in season’!

    • Vmann

       Here’s a list of U-Pick-Its for everyone who might want to try it.  A lot of these farms will sell you picked produce- usually for an increase in price of course.

      http://www.pickyourown.org/SC.htm

    • Jhdon

      LOVE this new thread!  Thanks so much!

    • Jhdon

      LOVE this new thread!  Thanks so much!

    • Nonnie Mouse

      Jenny, this is wonderfully useful information. Would it be possible for you to include it regularly?

    • Nonnie Mouse

      Jenny, this is wonderfully useful information. Would it be possible for you to include it regularly?