One of the best ways to save money on fresh fruits and vegetables is to buy what’s in season. If you purchase food at a farmers’ market, you’re automatically eating with the seasons. You can also tell what’s in season by looking at the sales ads for grocery stores. Foods that are in season will usually be on sale or cheaper than other produce items.
December is when produce in the upper half of the United States starts to become more limited. Your prices may start to be higher this time of year primarily because of transport costs. While eating with the seasons is still possible, you’ll either need to get creative or stretch the distance you’re willing for your food to travel.
What’s in season depends on where you live, but here’s a look at what you can find in many areas of the U.S. this week.
December 9-15, 2019
- Brussels sprouts
- Citrus (grown in very mild, warm climates) **Good deals in grocery stores everywhere in U.S.
- Collard greens
- Cranberries (mainly Northern states such as Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington)
- Grapefruit (mainly grown in Florida, California, Arizona and Texas)
- Mandarin oranges (mainly grown in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas) **Good deals in grocery stores everywhere in U.S.
- Navel oranges (mainly grown in Florida, California, Arizona and Texas)
- Peanuts (warmer climates)
- Pecans (warmer climates)
- Spinach (Warmer climates)
- Sweet potatoes
- Winter squash