Produce Prices Rising…how are you compensating?


Information is being to come out that produce prices are increasing by 2-3 times. How do you plan to offset these price increases?

Here are a few suggestions to help combat this in these hard economical times:

1.) Planting a garden during the months that your climate allows.  Do you know that when you plant your own garden you are not only cutting down on the family financial situation, but you are also helping the environment as well.  The bee population may increase with the pollination of the flowers for some of the seeds planted, it may help to increase natural gases put off by the vegetation during growth.  Many business’ now are even participating in communal gardens.  Employees offer their time to plant, weed, water, pick and donate or eat the items grown.  What a great idea!! This may relieve some of the on the job stresses each day along with helping some of the community food shelves.  These are only just a few of the positive things that may occur.

2.) Shopping the local farmers markets.  What a great way to support your local community farmers and reduce costs for your family grocery shopping.  Do you realize that many of the farmers markets now not only sell just vegetable items?  Many now also sell meats, breads, flowers, natural made soaps and so much more.  You can find the location, times, seasonal sale schedule and so much more at www.mfma.org (for Minnesota).  Google farmers markets to find you location in other states.

3.) Shop the local big box stores with other family members, co-workers or neighbors.  If you are single or just a family of a couple, you may not think to shop the big box stores such as Sams Club, Costco or others that are starting to pop up.  Can’t eat a  50 lb. bag of potatoes? How about splitting the bag with other people you may know that eat the same items.  You can also do this for such items as paper products, personal care products or anything you can buy & use.

4.) DONATE!  If you decide to do any of the following and you get an over abundance of items, many food shelves will accept donations of most products.  Check with you local food shelves, shelters, churches or places of help to see what they will accept.

Most say that in tough times, we need to lean on each other to make it through the tough times.  I hope some of these suggestions have helped to show you some ways to keep costs down in your own family and to be a contributing factor to those that are in a less than fortunate situation in these times.  Sometimes, THE SPIRITS TO MOVE moves us in different & unusual ways.

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