It’s another new month and it’s time to take a look at what’s in season in your area for April. Be sure to check the What’s in Season Map to see what items you might not only be able to save money on but which tend to be the freshest. I often buy up extra in-season items to freeze for when the prices are higher. Several items freeze easily and can store flat in a Ziploc-type bag in your freezer.
Here’s what’s in Season for Illinois: (Check the map for your area)
I’ve also seen green beans and berries discounted lately. These both freeze well if you want to buy up extra and save some for when the prices are higher. Buying in-season items are a great way to get produce on your table without breaking your grocery budget! Organic Gardening has a nice list/article of 9 Spring Superfoods that might give you some ideas of which to add to your grocery cart.
A lot of the farmer’s markets that close during cold winter months in our area will be opening soon. You can check Local Harvest to see if there’s a farmer’s market near you. I LOVE going to them as the food is so fresh. I don’t mind paying a little bit more, if I have to, to help support my local farmers–and get such delicious food. My favorite items to buy there are farm-fresh eggs, fruit and honey. (I grow a lot of our own veggies.) I can still remember getting the honey bears with my grandparents so many years ago. It was a very special treat for us! (Good memories last a lifetime!)
If you are considering starting to buy some shares in meat, you may want to put your name on the list now. Farmers often have a limited supply and the wait times can sometimes be up to a year. (Note: They will often have you put a down payment on a share, especially if you are a new Client.) You might also be able to find a farmer that offers has a CSA program (Community Supported Agriculture) where you can get fresh fruit/veggies, etc each month for a fee. I often sign-up for a fall CSA share, as I haven’t mastered late season gardening yet.
Also, don’t forget that some Farmer’s Markets offer free activities/crafts for the kids–and sometimes free music. Ours has free music in the afternoon. We’ll pick up some fresh food and then sit and enjoy some free entertainment. It can be a great way to spend time with your family, do some free activities and enjoy some free music. I love that my kids are growing up meeting the people that grow some of our food.
What have you been finding seasonal savings on right now? (And it doesn’t have to be just food!)