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Shop the Farm Markets and Save Cash.

Well, the fresh fruits and vegetables are starting to roll in from the fields and where do they roll? They roll to the farmers markets and the grocery stores.

The big difference between the two is that farmers markets sell a lot of their produce in bulk, where as the grocer sells in smaller bunches. So when you shop at a farm market you can get a whole lot more for your money than at the grocer.

But what am I going to do with a bushel of tomatoes or a bag full of corn, because I can’t possibly eat that much in one stretch. You don’t have to! You have a few options on that issue.

Split the cost and the produce with your friends and family. That way you are all getting the good price for the quantity you get. Everyone benefits here.

Another way to handle the big hauls of fresh fruits and veggies is to learn to do canning. This is a great way to use the produce over a period of time, and it isn’t to awful difficult either. The good thing about canning is that you get to enjoy the fresh goods all winter long and there are many food sites online and books on the subject that will teach you step by step. A canning party with friends is always a great and beneficial way to spend some fun time with people. You can also make great gift baskets with your canned goods to give out as birthday and holiday presents.

Another thing that you can do is to freeze some of the items that will freeze well. Some of the items might have to be pre-cooked before freezing, but you will then be able to pull out a bag of fresh fruit or veggies any time you want! Once again check the food sites and your local bookstore for tips on freezing things and you will be eating good and inexpensively all winter long!

Money Saving and Great Tasting all at the same time, That’s a deal that can’t be beat.

Just remember to figure out about how much you will actually use through out the next year or two after canning, or you might can more than you could eat or give away.

We ate fresh homemade salsa for 2 1/2 years and gave away boxes of the stuff,  finally dumping out the rest of the jars that were left. I think we canned a little to much that time!


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