The springtime choices at the produce market have inspired me to take advantage of the sales. So I have committed myself to twice a month (my pay schedule) buying a case or a crate of whatever is in season (or discounted for whatever reason - really cheap!) and preserving it. So far, I have chopped and frozen about 30 pounds of onions ($3), and 20 pounds of bell peppers ($6). Last year, I did this on a smaller scale with tomatoes, apples (we love homemade applesauce), peaches, and a few others. This year, I plan to get carried away, and fill the freezer and the pantry! Strawberries and mangoes are next, $10/flat, if the guy on the street corner comes back (haven't seen him for a week, since last payday). I might even go farther and can spaghetti sauce, salsa, things like that that can be done in huge batches. I also make chicken and veggie broth (separately) from veggie trimmings and bones, and freeze quarts. I am only growing fresh lettuces and spinach and herbs this year (tiny garden area, limited time). But add a pot of rice or noodles or potatoes, and it sounds like dinner to me!
It makes me feel rich to know we have food, come what may.
Those prices are amazing!!! Our farmer's market isn't even open yet. Sometimes I despise the short growing season/cold of New England. We are a hearty people and yet, plants just aren't. I can't WAIT for the farmer's market to open. We do the same thing though. Last season we canned salsa, tomato sauce, grape jelly, applesauce, apple butter, etc. I'm running out of everything. We are running out of all the kale and squash and peppers from the garden last year too and we won't make it to the summer. Good thing it's raining today, drenching my garden!