All Your Produce for $20

Picture of produceWith the recent run-up in fuel prices, you have likely been seeing prices rise in your grocery store too. This weekend, I went with my wife to buy our produce. She first asked me to stop at the ATM to get $20. Going to the ATM is unusual for us in the first place, because we use cash back credit cards for everything and rarely carry cash at all. After picking up our yuppie food stamp (the ubiquitous $20 bills spewed out of ATMs everywhere, often used when trying to split the bill after a meal), we went to our local farmer’s market.

The farmer’s market is an unusual and wondrous place. There are customers and vendors from all over and you hear all sorts of different languages, not just Spanish and English (we live in Florida, so hearing folks speak Spanish is somewhat commonplace). Prices are rarely listed and normally customers just inquire or vendors will volunteer pricing information. It’s fascinating and rare to see such a pure and free market. You can even haggle if you so desire, although the prices are so low you really don’t need to.

Indeed we were able to purchase all our produce for a single $20 bill. The merchandise we walked away with would have easily cost us more than double at the grocery market. Not only are the prices much better, but everything is fresh too. The only drawback is that because everything is fresh, you won’t find items that are out of season (for instance, strawberries). Unfortunately, you will still have to purchase out-of-season items from your grocer. However, you should still be able to find the majority of your produce at the farmer’s market. If you like to save money and enjoy people watching, you should definitely try visiting your local farmer’s market.

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    • Wow! $20 for all your produce needs? I agree the farmers market is a wonderful resource for fresh veggies. Here in California, I can only buy a box of strawberries, a bag of apples and a bag of peaches for $20. Of course you pay a premium for organic food.

    • Yeah, I'm sure North Florida is probably a bit cheaper than pretty much anywhere in California. With $20 we were able to get squash, zucchini, tomatoes, grapes, lemons, and probably a few other things I'm forgetting to mention. I was truly shocked at how inexpensive the farmer's market can be.

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