Save on In Season Produce in October
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Save on In Season Produce in October

Posted on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Squash Soup in White Bowl with BreadThe best time to buy fresh produce is when it is in season. Not only is the food at its freshest and tastiest, it is also at its lowest price of the year. Eating seasonally is one way to cut down on the cost of your grocery bill. Here is a quick list of the fruits and vegetables that are in season in October. Print the list out and take it to the store with you.

October has some amazing produce for you and your family to enjoy! This is the month that pumpkin, and several different types of squash, are in season. Now is a great time to make seasonal treats like pumpkin bread, butternut squash soup, or even a crockpot made pumpkin spiced latte.

Apples are another Fall favorite. They are great to toss into a lunch as a snack. Or, you could leave them whole, dip them in caramel, and sprinkle them with chocolate chips, marshmallows, or nuts, or all of the above.

October is a nice month for making pies. The weather is getting cooler. Unlike during the heat of summer, it might be nice to bake something in the oven and let the heat warm your kitchen. Apples are in season, and so are blackberries, peaches, and pears.

Fruits
Apples
Blackberries
Cranberries
Dates
Figs
Grapes
Peaches
Pears
Persimmons
Plums
Pomegranates
Raspberries
Tangerines

Vegetables
Acorn Squash
Beets
Broccoli
Butter Lettuce
Butternut Squash
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Collard Greens
Corn
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Kale
Leeks
Mushrooms
Parsnips
Potatoes
Pumpkins
Rutabagas
Spinach
Sweet Potatoes
Swiss Chard
Tomatillos
Tomatoes
Turnips
Winter Squash

Want to get the most from the in-season produce? Take the time to plan ahead. Figure out what your family will eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner this month. Substitute a standard vegetable that you typically serve for an in season one. It might make a boring meal into something new and exciting!

Planning ahead also allows you to reduce waste. If you know what you are going to need, it makes it easier to know how much to buy. If you know what you are going to cook, it makes it easier for you to use up the produce you bought before it goes bad.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.