Friday, June 14, 2013
I actually found a u-pick farm that I didn't know about and I've lived here 43 years. And they have a web site which updates what is ready for harvest and how long they expect to be able to pick that particular produce.
It's a great deal to get large amounts of organic produce, which you can then freeze, and also put a price freeze on rising prices.
Produce stands are popping up alongside the road where you can get good deals on extra produce a family doesn't know what to do with.
Google the Farm to Table movement for your area and see if a program near you would benefit your budget.
And finally, buy a packet of seeds for a couple of your favorite veg if you don't already grow your own. You can plant in a container on the patio, sprinkle in between plants in your border, or get more sophisticated and start a 4 X 4 raised bed square foot garden. Or get intensive and till a long strip at the back of your property, or up near the kitchen.
And speaking of kitchen, an herb garden near your kitchen will save you tons of money!! I'm appalled at the cost of parsley, or rosemary, or basil, when they are so easy to grow!! And dry what you don't use fresh in the microwave. You could even put up your own herb stand!