Finding Deals at the Farmers Market
Rachael is always encouraging people to shop for groceries with their kids at the farmers market, so we've transformed our studio into a market where she and executive chef Sam Talbot can show you what's in season for spring. "If you go directly to the people that are growing your food it's a great opportunity to have a conversation with your children about where food actually comes from," Rachael says, "and you're going to find it's the last bargain left in food!"
Get their tips below, and check these websites to find a farmers market in your area: United States Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Search or Local Harvest.
Start a "good food" fund. Collect loose change throughout the week and transfer it into dollar bills in the Coinstar machine at yoru grocery store. "You'll be shocked by how much extra money you'll find to get your family fed even better week to week," Rachael says. Also, check the information booth at your farmers market to see if any of the vendors accept coupons or food stamps.
Look for discounted seconds on apples, tomatoes and other fruits and veggies."These are the things that you can use in pies or jams," Sam says. "Or, bruised up tomatoes you can make into a sauce."
Shop for flowers, which might be pricier at the florist. Extend the bouquet's life by placing a mixture of sugar and vinegar in the water.
Tips for buying and storing spring veggies:
• Sam says the best asparagus stalks are the ones that are the width of a pencil.
• Spinach and asparagus will last the longest when you trim the ends and store in a container of water in the fridge.
• Look for medium-sized radishes with no blemishes. Larger radishes have roots and are harder to handle when cleaning and cooking.
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