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Fresh Produce Sold Dirt Cheap at Local Markets ~ Frugal Spoonie Friday

Look for fresh produce sold dirt cheap at local markets in your area as a way to maintain the health of your body and pocketbook!

Fresh produce sold dirt cheap? Now THAT sounds like a great deal! As ‘Spoonies’, it is imperative for improved health that a large portion of our diet consists of fresh fruit and vegetables. However, with the weekly ‘gouging’ of our pocketbooks at the grocery store, who can afford it?

As 'Spoonies', it is imperative...our diets include large amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables. Click To Tweet

It’s a well-known fact that ‘cheap’ food is ‘bad for you’ food. The items placed toward the middle of the store are generally; processed, low nutrition, inexpensive crap.  The fresh items located on the perimeter of the store, i.e. dairy, fresh fruits & vegetables, are more expensive and come in smaller quantities.  Anyone who has tried to improve their diets by eating organic fresh produce, has probably felt the financial sting a move like that brings.

find fresh produce sold dirt cheap at a local market near you

I recently discovered a donation program in our area where excess produce is sold at rock bottom prices.  They usually operate on Saturday mornings at various churches around us. Held in a ‘farmers market style’ setting, you can purchase in-stock fresh fruits & vegetables at 60lbs. for $10!

Many people will bring a ‘produce buddy’ and split the cost along with the vegetables.  Here in Phoenix, it is run by an organization called ‘Produce On Wheels’. I realize you are more than likely out of the Phoenix area, but I included the link so you could get an idea of what I am talking about.  Simply Google for a local program like this one in your area.


I love this idea on many levels; it is an affordable way to add much-needed fresh vegetables and fruits to your diet, it cuts on the rampant waste that runs throughout the food industry, and helps to ease the pressure on the domestic budget.

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I hope there is a program like this in your area!  Happy hunting ‘fresh produce sold dirt cheap’ everyone!


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    Cat aka TimeyWimeyGirl7
    May 6 at 12:43 pm

    How awesome is this!!! I know they have something similar it in the area but need to find one that’s exactly like it. The one I heard of the prices were sometimes more because they were “catering” to the organic crowd. I hope I can find one here 🙂

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      May 6 at 12:57 pm

      I’m sure they have great produce markets like this one in Florida, Cat! Lot’s of delicious, juicy citrus I bet! Good Luck 😉

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    Brandi Clevinger
    May 12 at 2:48 pm

    That’s amazing! What valuable information. I’m going to google it now to see what I can find.

    Ha! I found one! It’s called Coastal Produce and the reviews are good. Thanks for the idea. It’s not too far from my house, and the way my kids eat fruits and veggies, it’s worth it!
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      May 13 at 9:37 am

      Awesome Brandi! What a great find, right?! I love that these types of things are available, fresh produce can be SO expensive! 🙂

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    Deborah Davis
    May 16 at 7:59 am

    I love to eat organic foods but I am often overwhelmed by the high price of fresh, seasonal and local organic foods so I am so delighted that you shared Fresh Produce Sold Dirt Cheap at Local Markets ~ Frugal Spoonie Friday with us at the Healthy Happy Green Natural Party! I’m Pinning and sharing this!
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      May 16 at 11:05 am

      Me too Deborah!! Programs like this are great to know about!! 🙂

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    May 17 at 4:42 pm

    This is so cool! I love that they would rather sell cheap than just trash the food. This gives access to so many people. I’m going to look for this in our area. We do plant a garden but there are things that we want occasionally that we don’t plant ourselves! Thanks for calling attention to this, I hope we have one!
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      May 17 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you Nikki! They are a wonderful fresh food resource!

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    August 23 at 1:48 pm

    I would think that there would be something like this in Houston, but everything I found was expensive especially if you are on a fixed income.
    I so wish we had a program like the one you mentioned here.
    $10.00 for 60 lbs is a steal!

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      August 23 at 11:57 pm

      Wow Sandia, I would think in a big city like Houston there would be something like this. Keep a look out for ‘Bountiful Baskets’, they offer a ‘laundry basket full of produce for $15’. Their Facebook page said they are hoping to open in Houston soon. Good luck! 🙂

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