Pick your own fruit to save money!
The other day when I was grocery shopping, I stopped in the fresh produce area to buy fruit, and I compared the price of apples per pound versus a bag of apples. When I looked at the sign, I did a double take. $1.99 a pound for apples? You’ve got to be kidding me. Just last week they were $1.49 a pound. That’s a huge jump in just a week! I was frustrated, but what could I do? I bought the apples.
On my way home from work one day, I happened to see a sign on the corner for a local orchard. I had no idea there were any orchards locally, so I decided to look them up on the internet and go visit them. Mr. Money was off today, so we decided it would be the best day to go pick apples. We got lost on the way, so I called the number that was on the sign for directions. The woman told me that she is out there until 5 (this was 6:15) but we were welcome to pick whatever we wanted as long as we didn’t mind her not being out there. Oh, and also to take $1 off a bag because it’s the end of the season and we may not find too many good apples.
When we arrived, we were in heaven. Here was this beautiful orchard with all these apple trees and no one around. We grabbed some apple pickers and went to work. After 30 minutes, we had three huge bags of apples. We paid, left the check in the pink bucket, and went home. I was dying to see how many pounds of apples we had picked. I weighed them when we got home.
30 pounds. We’re going to store them in the basement and if something terrible happens (like a hurricane) we’ll be all set. Of course, I think eating only apples will be a chore, but it’s better than nothing. I guess I’ll be looking up recipes to use up some of these apples. The best part of this all? I paid 40 cents a pound, versus the $1.99 in the store. Plus, they are all natural and organic and don’t have that waxy coating on the outside. I tried one and they are heavenly. If you haven’t picked fruits and vegetables locally, look up orchards in your area before it’s too late! I hope to make a trip to a pumpkin patch this fall too. Maybe I can get a good deal on some other produce!
Have you picked fruits or vegetables locally this year?