If you are like most of the American population, you are grocery shopping on a budget. You are also probably trying to feed your family in the healthiest way possible while on that budget. Yet, no matter how much you plan, the widely fluctuating prices of your favorite grocery items can be very frustrating. Even worse is going to the grocery store without a real plan or list and getting confused when the apples that were only $1.50 per pound last week are now over $2.00 per pound. Think that’s not much? It surely adds up!
When you visit the grocery store you may get confused at the wide variety of prices and products available. That is even more the case when it comes to fresh produce. Knowing what is in season at any particular time can help you plan healthy menus and stick to your budget while feeding your family well. As fall gets going in full swing, here are some veggies that are in-season in November and even some fruits as well.
November is the time when all those vegetables that have long growing seasons come into harvest. In November you can get these inexpensively as well. Stores buy them in bulk because they are available in high supply and in good quality. Most grocery stores then pass the savings on to their consumers. These include: broccoli, beets, asparagus, artichoke, carrots, celery, chard, cabbage and Brussel sprouts. While broccoli and cabbage may be something that your family is used to and loves, some of these others are not as universally adored – but only because they haven’t tried preparing them the right way or even at all!
Now is a good time to try some of these less oft-used vegetables while they are at a great price and at their best quality and taste. Looking for some recipes can be a fun way to spend an afternoon with the kids. Let them pick a recipe and cook up some new types of vegetable dishes. You never know, they may find some new favorite meals that will be extremely cost effective and help you stretch that food budget this fall.
Plus, getting creative in the kitchen is always good for your overall health – both body and mind.
Many of our favorite fall fruits come into harvest in November, too. Some of them include: apples, bananas, honeydew melons, cantaloupe, cherries and grapefruit. While bananas always tend to be priced well, now is the time to get them for really cheap prices.
This high potassium fruit paired with some high protein peanut butter is the perfect snack for little ones that have been playing out in the crisp fall air or as a pre or post workout snack. In addition, Fall just wouldn’t be the same without a freshly baked apple or cherry pie at your family Thanksgiving dinner. These fruits being in season at this time of the year make it easy to use the best quality fruit in our favorite dishes and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Buying fruits and vegetables in-season can save you a lot of money on your next shopping trip to your local grocery store. Knowing the veggies that are in-season in November will help you stretch your grocery budget while still feeling good about what you are feeding yourself and your family.
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