Pick Your Own: Budget Grocery Tip

With the warm weather comes a plethora of fresh and in season fruits and vegetables. Instead of buying fruits and veggies at the local super store, where they may have been trucked in from thousands of miles away, why not get back to nature and pick your own?

You-pick farms are located throughout the United States, and provide a great opportunity for adults and children to learn more about how different types of produce grow and how it’s harvested. More importantly, the fruits and veggies are fresher than what can be bought in stores – and much less expensive. Many places offer produce at around $1.50-3 per pound; be sure to call the specific site for details and pricing.

Right now, lettuce, onions, peas, asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are in season in the south and west and beginning to come into season in the north and east – why not find a local farm in your area and pick your own?

The Web site Pick Your Own lists you-pick farms throughout the United States (sorted by county) and several other countries and includes helpful tips for picking various fruits and vegetables, crop seasons, and even information on preserving your own jams, jellies, salsas, and more. We love the step-by-step instructions for making homemade jam – easy and delicious! Plus, you know exactly where the fruits came from and what went into the jam, making it truly your own. Whip up a batch to store in the freezer or fridge, and keep a few more jars on hand for hostess or holiday gifts.