Does anyone have any tips for saving money on local farmer's markets or other locally sourced goods? We are spending $150 a month on organics here in the SF Bay Area. Our budgets can't really afford that, but I'd hate to shop at SuperWalmart or something. Ideas? Suggestions?
Use our website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies. http://www.localharvest.org/
Hi Misty, I have posted this site on the main page. I don't know if this is what you are looking for? Organics cost more and there is no way around it. Since you are lucky enough to live in SF, there has to be Food Co-Ops that you can join. As a member your cost will be much lower than buying your organics commercially. When I lived in SF (a lifetime ago), I used to belong to one. We were able to get our vegetables, grains, and small farm dairy products as well. Some Food CO-Op's even carry discount eco toiletries, cleaning products, spices, vitamins, and healthy commercial packed foods. Big savings on all these items. But you have to volunteer some time to get the discounts.
Truthfully, spending $150 a month on organic vegetables doesn't seem like too much to spend. I spend considerably more for just my daughter and I.
I don't know what your housing situation is, but if you have space to plant a garden this summer, it's a great way to have fresh, local and organic veggies at your disposal. If you grow enough you can freeze and learn to can them to use in the winter.
I live in an apartment so gardening is out for me, but I found out about a local Organic Farm CO-OP that I can join. You pay a certain amount of money upfront to buy in, you promise to help work in the garden for a certain amount of hours each week or so, and when the veggies are ready to be picked, you get to take home PLENTY of veggies each week to stock up, give away, and even freeze for the winter. I bet you can find one outside of the city limits that you can join if you have the interest and some extra time to volunteer.
Show up at the market at closing time. The choices aren't as good, but you can often get good deals on distressed produce. Which, with a little creativity, can be put to good use. And, make sure you don't miss rainy days, the deals get even better.