Spring Green: Fresh and Frugal Produce

Want fresh produce that doesn’t hurt your wallet? Check out some of these options this spring and summer!

  • Farmer’s Market: Farmer’s Markets are a great option for getting a variety of fresh produce items and supporting local farmers that is easy on your wallet. There are many markets throughout the Twin Cities area. The Downtown St. Paul Farmer’s Market begins April 28th. This market hosts a variety of farmers on Saturday and Sunday mornings throughout the farming season, featuring fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, flowers, as well as local bands and fun crafts to entertain the whole family as you shop!
  • CSA: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to enjoy fresh produce, support local farmers, and lower your grocery bill during the late spring, summer and early fall. Buy a share and you will receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. There are a wide variety of CSA options in the Twin Cities area that offer a wide variety of produce including vegetables, fruit, eggs, herbs, jellies, and even flowers. One share can feed 3+ people for one week, so consider going in on one share with a few friends.
  • Co-op: Co-ops are more than grocery stores, they are a great way to get fresh, organic groceries year round from local farmers. Co-ops are fairly inexpensive to join and they often provide good member discounts. The Twin Cities has many co-ops,  the Hampden Park Co-op, close to Luther Seminary in St. Paul, offers discounts to members who volunteer for just a few hours a month.
  • Community Garden: Community Gardens are a great way to gather people together, beautify your neighborhood and enjoy fresh flowers and produce. The Twin Cities area is chock-full of community gardens . See if there is one in your neighborhood, if not why not get a few neighbors together and start one of your own?
  • Growing Your Own Garden: Got a green thumb? Here are some tips for starting your own vegetable garden. It is best to start small. If you don’t have much gardening experience, you might start by growing your own herbs. You can even grow your own herbs indoors, so don’t let lack of space stop you!

Join the Conversation: Have you ever grown your own garden? What are some tips that you have for successfully growing herbs and produce in the city?

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