The best way to save on fresh produce is to buy in season. When you buy produce at the peak of it’s season it is going to be at it’s lowest price. My menu plan usually reflects seasonal items and it saves me a lot of money.
Prices do vary by region. Below are the prices I generally pay for fresh produce in Central Virginia. These are my target prices- although sometimes I will need an item that is not in season or on sale. Consider making a price book to track prices in your region.
Remember that you might want to buy organic for the dirty dozen fruits and vegetables which will be more expensive than the prices listed.
Peaches and Nectarines, $0.99/lb.
Strawberries (16 oz), $1.99
Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries (6 oz.), $2
Avocado, $1 (varies greatly by region)
Ear of Corn, $0.25- $0.33
Baby Carrots(16oz.), $1
Lettuce in a Bag, $2
Yellow Squash or Zucchini,$0.99/lb.
Check out my target prices for meat too! It gives you a good baseline on what to look for.
What are your produce buy prices? Do they vary much from my list?