Originally Posted by Selesai
Where do you all buy your produce? How do you know how to choose the best of each individual item? How have you learned to incorporate "new" veggies/fruits into your diets? I think I'm in a rut.
sorry that this is such an elementary question...
During our local growing season, we buy a share at a local organic CSA farm. We go once a week and pick up our share. It includes tons of pre-picked items, plus lots of pick-your-own. We put in 12 hours of work over the season, which really makes us feel like we know precisely how our food is grown. Also, the excess is donated to 3 local food banks (they plant extra deliberately).
In late summer/fall we also buy a share from a local IPM fruit farm that is delivered to the CSA.
I prepare and freeze a lot of produce from Aug.-Nov. to use until spring. In fact we're just finishing up our frozen stash now, just 2 weeks before our first pick-up of the season.
We still buy other produce, mainly fruits and more broccoli from the supermarket or BJ's (because we use so much produce it's just cheaper to buy it in bulk). I buy certain items organic when I can (Stop & Shop has it's own organic brand that is relatively cheap), but certain things I don't worry about, our budget isn't unlimited! I don't usually buy produce at places like Whole Foods because it's just too expensive, though certain specialty items, (ie. mache, loose exotic mushrooms, lacinata kale), I can't get anywhere else.
I used to work at a food coop in the produce section as a second job, so I got really familiar with all different kinds of produce. One book I love is: "Fresh Produce: A to Z"; it explains about all different types of produce and their uses, plus 250 simple recipes.