Preserving food for the winter is a smart thing to do. Whether a snow storm keeps you indoors or for some reason there is a tragedy and the grocery store is not available to you to buy food, you best have some stores. You could can, dehydrate, or freeze (though watch for power outages), and store root crops. I have plenty of posts on how to do so but where do you get the vegetables affordably? A case of vegetables at the grocery store would be cost prohibitive. I am farming a quarter acre but I will not have enough to eat now and get us through the entire winter. We better head to the farmer’s market.
- Ask for seconds. Ask the farm early in the day to save you the slightly bruised tomatoes to make sauce with. Or the apricots to can. Or anything that may be still good but it is not pretty enough to sell. You could end up taking home cases of plenty good produce!
- Ask how much a case of something is. If it is in season it will be cheaper. You may be surprised that it is not as much as you would think and you are supporting a farmer.
- Go at the end of the day and see what is left. Farmers don’t generally want to take things home.
- Seek out friends with gardens. Everything is usually ready at once! Farms come in all sizes.
- When at the market, don’t ask how much everything is individually. If you fill up a big bag or box with stuff then ask how much it is, you will get a better deal.
- Start a friendship up with people at the farm. Friends get deals, and making friends is always a great way to improve life even if you didn’t get anything! Be a loyal customer. Loyal customers get deals.
Now time is ticking! Best get preserving!