How to get it on SALE--EVERY TIME
- Check grocery ads and store websites for sales and coupons.
- When you see an item advertised on sale, add it to your shopping list and stock up, making sure to note the brand, package size and cost.
Some fruits and vegetables are less expensive when they are “in season” -- meaning they are just ripe from the fields. When the supply for a food like sweet corn in the summer, apples and squash in the fall is plentiful, the cost goes down.
A trip the local farmers' market will give you clues about what is in season in your area. Produce in grocery stores is a less reliable indicator of food is in season because most fresh fruits and vegetables are available year-round.
Here are a couple of lists of seasonal fruits and vegetables. The first one is based on Iowa and the other is a national list.
When it comes to good nutrition, all forms of fruits and vegetables are nutritious -- fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100% juice.