save money on produce; photo of basekt of peaches, and watermelons

REDUCE YOUR GROCERY BILL; SAVE MONEY ON PRODUCE

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The Retail Cost of Produce

Produce pricing varies across the country based on factors such as distance of the retailer from the foods origin, and weather it is in season locally. At a store in a major city in the Midwest you can expect to pay around $5.00 for three peaches. If the actual cost is a discriminating factor, the likelihood of your consuming produce on a regular basis is minimal. Based on The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) recommendations, adults can meet the recommended daily allowance of fruit by consuming 2 cups per day, or two whole fruits. For vegetables, the recommendation is 1, ½ cups, or 1, 1/2 vegetables. For optimal health, fruits can easily make up the snacking part of your daily food intake, (between meals).

Why eat More Produce?

Fruits regularly incorporated into the diet will deter consumption of unhealthy processed foods. More specifically, foods containing excessively toxic levels of added sweeteners. One person with an average weight of 150 pounds could ideally consume an estimated equivalent of between 3–6 average size peaches per day; or 1/4 to 1/2 of a 30-lb. watermelon, (throughout the day). Consuming this on a hot day with an average temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit helps to regulate body temperature. Watermelon contains about 92% water. A peach contains 88% water. Based on a moderate, average income, it is easy to see how price can influence diet.

(Please note):  foods consumed will have a chemical reaction in the gut, Which is processing these foods at an estimated 98.6 degrees farenheit, (37 degrees Celsius). To a person eating a diet rich in processed, refined foods, even suggesting consuming this much fruit in one day could prove  a disastrous, if not explosive experiment. The emphasis here is on incorporating fruits and vegetables into the diet.




Methods of Purchasing Produce 

There is an  established and growing array of national grocery store chains that Price Match competing grocery store  advertisements which are found in the local daily newspaper or on the web.

  • Farmers Markets: You can generally purchase quality produce by way of wholesale pricing if you buy in larger quantity, such as by the case.
  • Roadside Farm Stands, Roadside Vendors: Certain states have laws established to promote these roadside vendors. Farm stands can sometimes be found in remote areas. They are generally located not too far from packing houses or farms where the produce is grown and harvested.

a retail produce truck in the southeast that accepts credit, debit, and e.b.t. cards

Fruits and vegetables trucks : On the rise throughout the United States, as a source of distributive retail to locations lacking in fresh produce. Some can even accommodate various methods of payment. Remember, as a courtesy to other shoppers, shop with your

back of produce truck, displaying watermelons, canteloupe, grapes, tomatoes, peaches

a Mobile produce truck in the southeast that accepts credit, debit, and e.b.t. cards

eyes. You can always let the vendor know how you prefer the texture of your fruits and vegetables.

 

  Pick your own, (U pick farms): At these farms, you pay the grower a small fee for what you pick, established either by weight or by volume. These growers are often one of the guarded secrets of locals, roadside vendors, and farmers’ markets. You may have to drive a distance, as they are typically in rural areas.

  • If you have some land available for use setting a starting point for Developing a Garden can bring much reward. Acreage is not re
    DSCN5546-1/produce/ vies of purple-hull peas ready to be harvested on a farm

    Purple-hull peas ready for harvest

    quired, you can start with little space. There are even vegetables you can grow in container pots on a porch.  Different fruits and vegetables need different levels of sunlight, water, space, and maintenance. You can start by simply saving those seeds from the watermelons, and almost all fruits and vegetables you eat. You can also choose to Purchase Seeds.

However, you begin, not only will you save money on produce, you will develop valuable survival skills as you invest in your health, and that of your family.


 

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However you begin, not only will you save money on produce, you will develop valuable survival skills as you  invest in your health, and that of your family.

the white house vegetable garden

the white house vegetable garden