Here is How One Reader Saves Big on Fresh Produce (Hint: It’s at the Farmers Market)

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Headed to the Farmers Market? This reader knows how to score a deal! 🥬🥕

With hot weather upon us, your might find a deal by shopping outdoors instead of indoors. This week’s Happy Friday reader, Justina, is stocking up on produce at local farm stands. If she hits the stand at just the right time, she’s scoring loads of fresh veggies and fruits for one low cost. 🙌 Here’s how!

“We have quite a few Farmer’s Markets, Produce Stands, Open Farm Pick markets here on the east coast. It is that fresh produce time again! 

various baskets of fruit at farmers market

“Check if your favorite place has Reduced Price Bag/Box day(s) for Quick Use. Some farmer’s markets near me have a weekly sale on reduced fruits & veggies that allow you to fill a big box for just $10! What a deal!”

That’s a great deal, Justina! I’ll certainly be checking my local farmer’s markets and produce stands for reduced prices! In this economy, I’ll save on groceries any way I can! Thank you so much for sharing this savings tip with us! 💛

Here are a few ways to get the most out of your groceries…

When it comes to your fresh produce, you have to use it or lose it! Berry season is upon us and if that’s one of the items you are looking forward to buying, you’re going to want to enjoy them for as long as possible. Luckily, Hip2Save’s Sara shared some savvy tips on how to extend the life of your strawberries.

If you tend to buy bananas but always find yourself with a few too many, we have some advice for you too! Hip2Save’s Lina has some delicious ideas for how to use overripe bananas.

A head of cabbage sitting on a countertop

As for getting the most out of your veggies, one way to make them last is to freeze them. To help you, we made a handy list of vegetables that do well in the freezer. From carrots to cabbage, we instruct how to prep them and how long to freeze them!

With grocery prices being high, we’re always looking for ways to cut costs. If you want to save too, check out our top 11 tips for scoring cheap produce. And don’t forget to read our list of 10 clever food hacks where you can learn tips like how to extend the life of your herbs and keep your food chilled during a party!

With the weekend coming up, it’s time to prep for the Farmers Market!

rows of local honey on farmers market stand

Like Justina, Hip2Save’s Sara enjoys shopping her local Farmers Markets. If you’re not sure what you can find at these types of markets, check out Sara’s list of her favorite things to buy. There’s much more available than just fruits and veggies! You might just find items like gourmet cheese, honey, or fresh flowers!

With a warm weather weekend around the corner, those Farmers Market stands are sure to be open. Thanks again, Justina, for sharing your tip on how to score a lot of produce for a low cost! Your money-saving advice came at just the right time! 🥰


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Looking for ways to use up your veggies? Try one of our yummy soup recipes!

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Comments 5

  1. Chrissy Goff

    I live in the country. We have 3 acres and my neighbors have from 5-10 acres. I asked them if we could berry hunt. They said they didn’t care. So we go for hikes all over and pick berries and bring them home and freeze them. We always have berries but then our bellies are always full to when we get home. Delicious. No pesticides included. LOL

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How cool! Awesome that you can go on a fun walk and grab some free and delicious berries! 😋 What a great neighbor! 🥰

    • Justina

      memories….we have a bit of the honeysuckle left, a few blackberry vines I think and lovely daffodils every year here in the country on the family’s 9 wooded acres from generations and generations, we had fun little adventures each year, it’s nice to have a little variety in life, live on some acres, in an apartment, in a dorm, on a small lot, just variety, variety is the spice of life huh, think it helps us to be more wellrounded and accepting of variety and to enjoy change and every moment, bloom where you are until you’re somewhere else, then bloom there

  2. Justina

    THANKS! Ya’ll enjoy—nothing says summer more than a produce stand/farmers market. Fun stuff! Couldn’t believe it when I saw the local produce stand at a nearish by farm had $10 box day! Savings even if it is a little roadtrip, carpool! I remember going with my nana and aunt to the farms that grew fresh greens, we’d go thru all kinds of back/sideroads to get to these great farms and end up with the best produce!

    I love the food tray ice bath hack, gonna have to try that with bbqs, I have a facebook friend who has a little flower stand near her home in PA, she gets freshcut flowers in cute vases for a Great deal every summer, love looking for her posts, I mean something like $5, Wow!, and I do the parsley ice hack each year for butter cubes and ice cubes, so handy for cooking all year

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome, Justina! Thanks for taking the time to comment and share the memories of going to the farms with your Nana and Aunt! That sounds so fun! 🤗 I also love fresh cut flowers- So cool that you know someone in your area with a flower stand who does that! Let us know if you try the food tray ice hack! 🥰 ❤️

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