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Old 04-10-2014, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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Blueberries were dirt cheap last spring and summer. Already I am seeing that strawberries will be this season's blueberries. For 2 weeks in a row they have been 99 cents/quart.
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:36 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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So, eat the fruits and vegetables in season, put in a garden in the summer and can or "put up" for the winter/off-season and learn to shop at stores that have sales or have better prices. Don't make excuses for not eating healthy.
BACK in the USSR! *
My friends in Russia spend their weekends growing their food, September harvesting berries, and October canning, making preserves, etc. This, in addition to full-time jobs. Because they can't afford to buy fresh.



*Paul McCartney
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Fortunately, it's entirely possible to eat healthfully without buying costly, out-of-season produce.
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Yeah, why not just not eat fruit out of season, like our (perfectly healthy) ancestors?
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Frozen is every bit as good as fresh.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:56 PM
 
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Frozen is every bit as good as fresh.
Yeah, buy frozen. It's cheaper and produce picked for freezing is processed quickly after harvest. It doesn't sit around losing nutrients.

Or wait until it's in season and cheaper. If you're in SoCal you just missed the blueberry season, around February. My neighbor's bushes really produced this year. Grow your own if you have the space.
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:24 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Agreed. The largest part of my grocery bill is produce and that includes family packs of various meats and poultry. The way I see it is we are going to PAY either way. Either we buy the stuff that our bodies we designed to process or we get sick and pay co-pays and portions of medical bills. It's coming out of your wallet on either side.
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Old 04-11-2014, 04:57 AM
 
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Do remember that the Rio Rico/ Nogales is one of the largest ports of entry for produce growers in western Mexico. You see a lot of produce that are RIDICULOUSLY cheap in Tucson/ Nogales that you don't see elsewhere. Huge cantaloupes for $0.88/ ea and 1# huge naval oranges 4/$1. Also 4-5 small avocados for $1.

In some cases, you are getting the seconds but as long as you consume them in a reasonable amount of time, it is great.

I do NOT find a lot of food bargains in Tucson outside of produce .... but I am still looking.
Have you gone to Lee Lee's? When I was in Tucson (we moved here in late 2012), they had ground beef for $1.59/lb, if not less. Also things like Thai curry paste, much cheaper there. It's worth it to go there just for the sheer variety of foods.

ETA: And we got a good bit of our citrus for free. It pays to have friends with fruit trees!
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Old 04-11-2014, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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This is absolute insanity. Look at the price of these blueberries. Six ounces for four bucks. In Southern California. For produce grown in Mexico. At the supposedly "low price leader" store.

That price is nothing short of extortionate. Next time you wonder why so many people can't afford *GOOD* fruits (such as these blackberries which are loaded with antioxidants), or don't even bother trying, this is why.
Try buying food in Alaska, where everything has to be shipped in. You'll be grateful for your grocery bill in California. We also don't have a lot of grocery chain competition, so up goes the prices even more.
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Old 04-11-2014, 06:44 AM
 
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Buy what is in season, freeze/can/dry.
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