Friday, October 1, 2010

Saving with Farmers Markets and Coops

saving with farmers markets
Save with Farmer's Markets and Coops
Many people have had great success purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables from a farmers market or coop. You don’t have to have a large family for a coop to be worth while; if you love fruits and vegetables or want to add more to your diet then a farmers market or coop may be for you.

Purchasing from coops:

• When you purchase from a coop you pay a weekly or biweekly fee and the coop brings you enough fresh fruits and vegetables for that period of time. You will usually be asked to bring a laundry basket to a designated pick up location in your area and the basket is usually stocked with a variety of seasonal produce and it is locally grown to boot. Locally grown produce is fresh and contains more nutrients and requires fewer chemicals. The coop will usually email care and cooking instructions along with tasty recipes shortly after the produce is delivered.

• There are several different types of coops; some specialize in only organics, and some offer meat and dairy. There is even one valley coop that offers a selection of fresh granola and home baked bread. What ever you choose, a coop is usually a good deal, and the vegetables are fresh enough to keep in your refrigerator for a couple of weeks.

Purchasing from farmers markets:
Farmer’s markets are also a great way to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables as well as local food specialties. There is a variety of famer’s markets through out the Phoenix area. Downtown Phoenix Public Market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays; they take all kinds of payment including food stamps. Tolmachoff Farms offers locally grown seasonal produce as well as home canned jams and jellies; they are located at 75th Ave and Bethany Home Road.

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How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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