The Retail Cost of Produce
Produce pricing varies across the country based on factors such as the distance of the retailer from the food’s origins, or 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 minimum daily allowance of fruit by consuming 1, 1/2 cups per day of fruit. For vegetables, the minimum recommendation is 2 cups of vegetables. For optimal health, fruits can easily make up the snacking part of your daily food intake, (between meals).
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. This high water content can replenish fluid lost in high temperatures.
(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
With persistance, one can find cost-effective methods to maintaining a healthy diet without compromising quality. The following are popular economical methods of obtaining 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.
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
eyes. You can always let the vendor know how you prefer the texture of your fruits and vegetables.
Many grocery retailers are beginning to offer online shopping with pickup, or delivery.
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
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.