Pick your own fruit to save money!

Posted by Mrs Money on October 16th, 2008

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82753395.jpgThe 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?

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4 Responses to “Pick your own fruit to save money!”


  1. Your apples sound wonderful! :) We were able to pick some for free last month, from an ad we found on Craigslist. I thought that was a great price! :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Blessings,
    Michele

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  2. Mrs Money says:

    Michele- that’s great! I hadn’t thought about looking on craigslist. You put my good deal to shame! ;)

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  3. Abbi says:

    I love local foods! The apples taste so much better. I was able to find people that would let me pick apples on freecycle this year. Yummy! I also went and paid to pick Strawberries in the spring. We have also picked and enjoyed blueberries and juneberries from the wild and Raspberries at my parents home.

    40 cents a pound is a good deal. I hope you enjoy all your apples.

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  4. Mrs Money says:

    Abbi- That is a great deal! I wish I could find some place to pick strawberries. I plan on putting those in my garden next year. I love blueberries. Thanks for your comment!

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