Walking through the produce section of my grocery store or through a farmer’s market is one of my favorite parts of shopping. I love the colors and varieties of all the fruits and vegetables available. However, when I first began stocking up, it was a different story. I was faced with a dizzying array of produce with no idea where to begin.
Through my own trial and error, I have six tips to pass along as you make your own decisions about whether or not to stock up on more carrots than celery, how many green beans to buy, or whether you want dehydrated succatash at all!
- Keep track of the produce you already buy and use. As always, it’s best to begin with the familiar and branch out from there.
- Begin setting aside favorite recipes and make a list of the produce called for in each. This will help you narrow your focus.
- Consider stocking up on the most common veggies used in soups and stews, such as onions, corn, carrots, and celery.
- Take note of which veggies and fruit are difficult, impractical, or impossible to grow in your zone. I have stocked up on freeze-dried pineapple, mango, and bananas applying this principle.
- Don’t forget hot and cold cereal mix-ins. Oatmeal isn’t the same without raisins or dried cranberries.
- What fruits and veggies do your kids enjoy as snacks? Sometimes we get so busy stocking up on the basics that we forget how comforting and fun a snack can be.
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