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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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in season produce
Saving money on fresh produce can be a real challenge since there are rarely coupons or B1G1 sales.  One of the best ways to save money when buying fruit and vegetables is to buy what’s in season.  When there’s an abundance of a crop, prices go down and you save money.  You can also save more money buy buying local produce, it has traveled a shorter distance (less gas cost), spent more time in the ground growing, is fresher, and tastes better.

Knowing what’s in season can be tricky, since we can usually find any type of produce year round.  There are some great resources though to help you figure out when a good time to buy certain items.  My favorite is a site run by the federal government that tracks farmers markets across the US.  I can’t say that the report is the easiest to read, but there are a few things it can quickly show you.

First if produce that you want isn’t listed… it’s not at the farmers market right now.  Second 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, with higher prices seen as the market is slow.

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.

If you want to go the easy way on finding out what’s in season, Publix offers a service called At Season’s Peak that will email or text you when your favorite produce is at its peak season — pretty cool!

So after all that, how about if I just tell you…

Remember that growing seasons do vary in different parts of the country but here’s what to expect in season and at its best price for May:

Fruit
strawberries
pineapples
mangoes
first crop of peaches and oranges
end of the season for apples so get any you want now

Vegetables
cabbage and salad
onions
cucumbers
beginning of the season for corn
beginning fo the season for tomatoes
broccoli
potatoes
squash
asparagus
radishes

Other Items
hot dogs & other grilling meats
barbecue sauce
mustard
potato chips
charcoal
flowers
graduation cakes

    • Janis

      For any of my ATLANTA fellow shoppers, check out the Nam De Mun Farmer’s Markets…they have Amazing prices on produce and meat and I make a trip once a week to stop up (there are 4 locations).

      Here is the web link – http://nsgifm.com/

      Ex:
      Apples .49/lb
      Pears .49/lb
      Tomatoes .49/lb
      Chicken .79/lb
      NY Strip 4.49/lb
      Ground Beef 1.79/lb

      Just to name a few and the produce is always really fresh – plus you can find some other wacky stuff from all around the world!

    • Tara H

      Thanks so much for putting this together!

    • Tara

      I belong to a fruit and vegetable co-op. We have twelve members. Two are the shoppers and they do not pay. The other 10 members each pay 20.00. We have a Facebook page so we communicate that way. A couple of days before Saturday the shoppers call 3 or 4 of the vendors at the Farmer’s market. We look for the sale items. We compile our list, getting about 14 to 16 different fruits and veggies. On the Friday before everyone brings their money and a laundry baskets. The two shoppers go the next day and pick up the produce and come back to sort them out and split them up. For 20.00 everyone gets a laundry basket full of produce, except for the two shoppers who get theirs free. Then we take a picture of the good, and post on our facebook page that the produce is ready for pick up. We all love it and we shop two Saturdays each month.

      • JB

        Tara, what city are you in? Is your co-op open to new members? Thanx, JB

    • Sanran0116

      THANK YOU, …..you are such a sweetheart for putting this together!!!!

    • Juliesummerville

      Thank you!  I just sent you a facebook request for a little more information on Farmers Markets and those government reports today….What timing!  THanks again

    • Mlw1ofakind

      I’m so thankful my daddy grows us a garden every year!  We have potatos out the ears right now.  Thank you for posting this, I will be loading up on strawberries.

    • Shaunascoupons

      Atlanta Area:

      For cheap produce and meat check out the international farmers market chain. Its like a grocery store and its open all the time but it just has tons of produce for cheap. They dont have fancy organic stuff and the store smells like fish but I can usually find killer deals. This week strawberries were $1 /lb. 

      The one I shop at is the Lilburn international farmers market. Here are the others I know about.

      Gwinnett international farmers market (in Duluth)
      Cobb international farmers market (in marietta)
      Lawrenceville international farmers market (in Lilburn off five forks trickum rd.)

      nsgifm dot com for addresses and hours

    • Sosorozo

      Ethnic grocery stores always have the best prices on produce, meat and seafood, If you live in Charlotte, check out Patel Brothers across from Carolina Place Mall (tomatoes were 79 cents per lb all winter), Super G Mart on Independence ($7.99 for box of 16 mangoes, price varies) and Grand Asian Market in Stallings.

      • Carmanij

        We loooooooooooooooooooooooooooove Super G Mart!!
        Gotta get past the smell when you walk in!!! I just keep telling myself that it IS a fish market…
        Seriously low prices on produce! My mom also loves their fish.. She eats alot and said she never buy fish anywhere ese…

    • Kcreviews

      I’m growing my first garden this year, and am excited to be harvesting radishes, lettuce, and cilantro right now. As far as strawberries go, there is a strawberry farm 2 miles down the road from me and I pick my own! There’s nothing like fresh!