I love a good deal. I sign up for all email mailing lists to know when the sales are happening. I work the credit card system to maximize the points I earn while spending all my money. I have a basement full of canned goods I bought last year when they were running a huge sale. It’s like my way of justifying buying the things I want: “they were on sale!”
Did you know you can almost always find something at the farm that is on “sale”? The value of our shares is already a great deal, but sometimes you can sweeten the benefits and stretch your local produce all through the year. Here are a few ways to get added value from the farm:
BUY IN BULK: When the harvest is heavy, deals can be had! Lower prices are available for bigger purchases. Look for signs in the pick-up shed or on the chalk board or just ask if bulk discounts are available. I love this option when I want to gift some produce to friends or neighbors or when I’m entertaining and know I’m going to need A LOT for big dishes. Common things to find in bulk throughout the season are: squash, cucumbers, kale, broccoli, beets, tomatoes, peaches, and apples.
BUY SECONDS (OR EVEN THIRDS!): When you’re cooking or baking and things are getting chopped up anyway, this is a great time to buy seconds (produce that may be bruised or have some insect damage) at a great discount. Karen often has baskets of seconds displayed in the barn near where you check out, or just look for signs. If you want to take the extra time to put things away for the winter by canning, freezing, dehydrating, or pickling, this is a great option. Shredded zucchini, sliced peaches, chopped kale or spinach, and roasted beets or tomatoes all freeze well (which is MUCH easier than canning!)
Zucchini and yellow squash are a great example of this great deal making. Last week I spent $10 and got 17 HUGE zucchinis. This ended up being more than half off the regular price! I gave 6 to my friend, shredded 7, and put four in my fridge for cooking this week. I now have 15 bags of shredded zucchini and 5 bags of cubed zucchini in my freezer for soups and breads for the winter, a batch of zucchini muffins in the fridge for snacks for my kids, AND I had zucchini nested eggs for breakfast this morning. Here are some pics for proof, and please consider all of these great options for great eating!