Many local farmer’s markets will open this weekend! We walked to our local market yesterday and enjoyed the live music and booths full of wonderful products. Brave the rain and find some good food.
While farmer’s market prices tend to be a bit more expensive than buying through a buying club or on the farm, they are generally more reasonable (and preferrable for so many other reasons) than the grocery store. You also have the opportunity to build a relationship with farmers that may allow you to make bulk buys at a better price when you are ready to preserve. Remember to ask about seconds – we purchased all our apples and pears at the farmer’s market from a certified organic orchard for $1/lb last year. They looked and tasted perfect but the sizes were slightly larger or smaller than the full price ones.