A great way to save money is to take advantage of seasonal savings. Time to take a look at what’s in season for your area for June. 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)
These are just some of the things you might see at a discounted price in the grocery stores and what you might find at most farmer’s markets right now. If you haven’t been to a farmer’s market yet, you can use Local Harvest to see if there’s one near you. Some of my favorite things to pick up at ours are eggs, honey, in-season veggies and some of the glorious bread items some of bakers have there.
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.
I just wanted to mention that you might want to keep an eye on foods that you normally know are in-season at particular times this year. The weird weather patterns have been making some foods ripen faster than normal, such as strawberries. If you plan on doing any strawberry picking, you’ll want to do it soon as a lot of strawberry patches in our area ripened early and are almost done now!
What have you been finding seasonal savings on right now? (And it doesn’t have to be just food!)