The biggest hesitation I’ve heard about buying local food or buying organic food is the cost scare. There are a two major tricks to the trade of buying local food.
Buy what’s in season.
It’s no surprise that blueberries and pineapples in the dead of winter are going to leave you with a bad case of sticker shock. Buying seasonal fruits and veggies will be less of a burden on your wallet. Squash, carrots, kale, sweet potatoes, pears, and apples are great examples of delicious winter produce that should be available at your local farmers market.
Don’t let anything go to waste.
If you’re cooking for one, if there are leftovers, or any scenario that leaves you with a little bit extra make sure you put it to good use! Leftover fruit can be frozen and blended in smoothies. Kale stems can be saved to make fresh homemade juice. Leftover veggies can be slow cooked into a delicious stock for soup. The key to buying local on a budget is to preserve your investment! Make sure none of it ends up in the trash. Get a little creative and use every bit of what you buy.
Sticking to these pointers will help soften your weekly grocery costs. Buying seasonally keeps a variety of recipes on the table. Doing this keeps the comfort food abundant in the fall, and bright vibrant colorful food on the table in the summer. Getting creative with the remaining bits and pieces of everything you buy is another exciting way to introduce new dishes to the table. It also keeps the kitchen fun! Try new things with your leftovers; get a little crafty! Getting those creative juices flowing and saving your hard earned money are just two small advantages of buying fresh and buying local.