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extra credit: buy produce in season.

One sure-fire way to save on your monthly grocery bill while still eating well is to buy produce that’s in season.  So I’ve put together a quick cheat sheet so that you know what produce is in season and therefore likely the least expensive, month by month:

January
Fruit: oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, papayas
Vegetables:  cabbage, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower

February
Fruit:  oranges, grapefruit, lemons, papayas
Vegetables:  broccoli, cauliflower

March
Fruit:  pineapples, mangoes
Vegetables:  broccoli, lettuce

April
Fruit:  pineapples, mangoes, rhubarb
Vegetables: zucchini, artichokes, asparagus, spring peas, broccoli, lettuce

May
Fruit:  cherries, pineapples, apricots, rhubarb
Vegetables:  zucchini, artichokes, asparagus, spring peas, broccoli, lettuce

June
Fruit:  watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, cherries, blueberries, peaches, apricots
Vegetables:  corn, lettuce

July
Fruit:  watermelon, cantaloupe, blueberries, peaches, apricots, kiwi, raspberries, plums, tomatoes
Vegetables:  cucumbers, squash, corn, green beans, lettuce

August
Fruit:  watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, blueberries, peaches, apricots, kiwi, raspberries, plums, tomatoes
Vegetables:  cucumbers, corn, eggplant, squash, green beans, lettuce

September
Fruit:  grapes, pomegranates, pumpkins, tomatoes
Vegetables:  eggplants, spinach, lettuce

October
Fruit:  cranberries, apples, pomegranates, grapes, pumpkins
Vegetables:  sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli, spinach, lettuce

November
Fruit:  cranberries, oranges, tangerines, pears, pomegranates, pumpkins
Vegetables:  winter squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, spinach

December
Fruit:  pears, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, papayas, pomegranates
Vegetables:  sweet potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower

Happy Savings!

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One Comment Post a comment
  1. This is handy! I do it anyway, but it’s nice to have them all summed up! How thoughtful 😀

    October 23, 2011

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