As I mentioned before, I’m going to try to put up a posting each month with what’s in season as a way to help you save a little more on your grocery budgets. Products that are in season not only tend to be cheaper but they are also tend to be a lot fresher than non-seasonal produce.
You can check the What’s In Season Map for what’s in season in your area. Here’s what they have projected to be in season for Illinois:
Asparagus, Cabbage, Cherries, Cucumbers, Leeks, Lettuce, Peas, Potatoes, Rhubarb and Strawberries
I love to buy seasonal items at local farmer’s markets. You can use LocalHarvest.org to Find a Farmer’s Market Near You. Some Farmer’s Markets have free activities for kids and even free musical events, as well. I tend to shop at the markets early so I don’t miss out on what I want. But I’ve heard from others that if you shop closer to the closing time of the market, the farmers might give discounts as they don’t want to have to take the food back with them.
In the last year, I’ve actually had fun trying new foods and finding new recipes to try them in. The site that I tend to go to for new recipes is AllRecipes.com. They allow people to review each recipe and I always read through the reviews for more ways to improve the recipes. I tend to lose recipes so I like their feature of a Recipe Box that you can save your favorites to.
Buying in season is just one way on how to save on your grocery budget. You can also read through my series I wrote back in June 2009 called 31 Ways to Save on Your Grocery Budget without Coupons.