We all know how important it is to eat and juice well. Many of us make sourcing the best quality produce a priority, but could you possibly be saving money by doing things slightly differently? Here are some cost saving ideas.
1. Grow your own. Surprising easy and can save you a bomb. Many juicing staples like silverbeet, mint, parsley and cucumber are among the simplest to grow. Check it this great beginners guide. Once you get going, you could even swap your produce at a local Produce Swap Meet, where locals swap what they have plentiful amounts of for things they require - for free!
2. Buy seasonally. It is so much cheaper and just makes so much more sense to buy what is seasonably available. Don't buy plums flown in from Florida in July if you live in Sydney. Buy what is plentifully available and is growing well near where you live. You will save money, your produce will taste at its peak and you will also be supporting our local farmers.
3. Buy in bulk. There are many fantastic wholesale markets that allow the public to purchase, provided you buy in certain quantities. This is an amazing way to save money and ideal for produce that has a long shelf life (like apples and citrus). Do a quick google search and be surprised.
4. Buy locally. Almost every suburb and town these days is blessed with a visiting farmers market. Sometimes the stock is perfectly tasty (and absolutely juiceable!) but cannot be sold to retail for a variety of reasons (due to its slightly different shape or colour perhaps). You can make savings here but also enjoy a chat with your growers!
5. Get to know the "cheapo days" at your local shop. Mod's local organic place in Melbourne has 20% off all produce each Sunday, for instance. A great way to make significant savings simply buy choosing to shop on a certain day.
So there you have it. Some great ideas for sourcing awesome produce at amazing prices. Do you have any tips for saving money on your produce?