Where do you purchase your produce? Over the past year, I have bought most of my produce from Publix. But lately, I have had friends recommend places such as small health food co-ops and farmer’s markets.
For months now I have been wanting to visit the farmer’s markets around town. So far, we have made it out to one. Back-to-back soccer games on weekend mornings makes getting by there a little tough. I do love the idea of buying from a local farmer. It makes sense both financially and environmentally.
This week, I found myself perusing all of the local stores’ weekly ads that came in my paper, in search of great produce deals. I ended up making rounds to three different stores: Publix, Winn Dixie and Albertson’s. It was actually fun seeing the different offerings at each place. I especially loved this at Winn Dixie…!
I had to post the photo from my phone to Facebook to get a consensus if people thought this meant “With Child,” meaning a child with me, or “With Child,” meaning an expecting new mother. The vote was for a child in tote. Yay for great parking at Winn Dixie!
I also found the gigantic bundle of mustard greens above for only two dollars at Winn Dixie! They are as big as the baby when he is sitting. A little hint in the produce section: always reach for the bags/bundles towards the back of the shelf. They rotate produce in the stores. The freshest is always in the back. When trying to pick this monster bundle up, I was surprised at the muscle that I had to exert!
Winn Dixie’s Georgia peaches are what got me in their door, since most stores around central Florida only offer Florida, and later on, Carolina peaches. If only I could find some Alabama peaches down here! Finding the $2 greens deal, 88¢ cucumbers, 50¢ fresh bakery bread, Buddy Fruits for 70¢ and Naval oranges for $1, I am now reconsidering the way I shop. Yes, it will take a little more planning to make a few different stops, but if the result yields like this week’s, it may be worth it.