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;

http://www.organicgrocerydeals.com
This is a forum- there are a million links and the sky is the limit.

http://www.ebfarm.com/
Tons of coupons monthly= free spinach and salad mix.

http://solutions.delmonte.com/
Canned, but still in the right spot on the food pyramid (is it still called that?)

http://www.dole.com/Promotions/tabid/966/Default.aspx
Pineapple, salad, packaged, an occasional banana

http://www.organicvalley.coop/coupons/
Print and request mailings. This has been a great source for free organic dairy recently.

http://www.i-farms.com/dg_products.asp
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?
http://rhomestead.com/csa.html

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