Thursday, January 7, 2010

Fruits & Veg...Free, Organic, and Cheap

If anyone tells you that you will NEVER find coupons for produce they are WRONG!!! You will find coupons for Oreos, Ding-Dongs, and Candy much easier, but with minimal effort you can score great deals on greens, fruit and lots of organic produce. The bad news- you will need to sign up for email and snail mail.

Here are my favorite sources for coupons to stuff into my "Produce" envelope;
This is a forum- there are a million links and the sky is the limit.
Tons of coupons monthly= free spinach and salad mix.
Canned, but still in the right spot on the food pyramid (is it still called that?)
Pineapple, salad, packaged, an occasional banana
Print and request mailings. This has been a great source for free organic dairy recently.
This is the link to the "Disney Garden". When they send coupons they are top notch- if you can find the product. Price Chopper carries the bananas, apples, and (avocado on occasion).

In the summer of 2008 I planted a few veggies with good results. Last summer my crops expanded significantly, but it was a flop. The blight killed most of it. We basically ended up with 1 meal of broccoli, 2 red cabbage, and eggplant large enough to feed a single smurf. It was mostly an experiment and was cheap, but it was a disaster.

This is what I am toying with for 2010, but I would love to hear from someone who has done it before. I have been satisfied with everything I have bought from them at the Plattsburgh Farmer's market. They are really lovely people. The price is attractive when I consider what I spend on produce overall. Any thoughts?

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