You may be thinking what good is this information… Fruits and Vegetables by season, how could that make me money. Let’s clear this up, I didn’t say it would make you money, I merely hinted at the idea that you fill a grocery bag full of money and you most certainly can.
Prices on food items, particular produce is based on supply and demand. If you trade forex, like I do, you will have a better understand of the basic principle, if not, I will explain.
Supply and Demand
Prices for just about everything in this world we live in are based on supply and demand. In its simplest form supply and demand is the number amount of a product or service (product in our case) along with the desire or demand that buyers have for it. These are the main factors that depict the price or regulation of the price of an item.
In regard to fruit and vegetables that generally means there is a base price for an item, in the example we will use strawberries. So strawberries are typically $3.99 for a case (this price is the mark-up that the grocery store instills to make money from an item they purchased from a farmer).
Strawberries are a fruit that people generally like, they are delicious and great for most desserts (desire/demand). When they are not in season there is less supply however the desire for them remains the same making them more expensive potentially $5.00.
When they are in season there is an unusual abundance of the fruit (supply increases) and the price is generally reflected by a sale of 2 cases for $5.00 or quite possibly $0.99 per case. These are the only aspects of supply and demand that you need to understand the purpose of the list and more importantly how to use the list.
Understanding supply and demand is just the first battle, now you must understand the purpose of the list. The list will be broken down by month. In each month will be the most common/plentiful fruits and vegetables most retailers provide.
Now, Imagine a world where you have the answer to a question most people are too caught up in their own worlds to ask. How can I get the tastiest and most nutritionally rich fruits and vegetables at the best price?
You walk into the grocery store and get the most supple tomatoes the nation has ever know. You then go to a farmers market and get incredible Zucchini at a fraction of the cost in epic form. You are the person who understands the peak seasons of fruits and vegetables and due to that information you are in a league of your own in shopping, cooking, and overall health.
How is this Possible
Understanding peak seasons means more than just better looking fruit. The fruit is generally sourced more locally due to its abundance which means less chemical preservatives and more vitamins and minerals embedded in the fresh fruit that could have been lost due to the transit, which could take up to a few days from farm to store.
What this also means is much cheaper prices. With shorter travel times’ comes much lower shipping cost and that savings is passed on to the consumer with lower grocery store prices. Do you ever wonder why certain fruits (generally the same across all stores) go on sale or lower in price all around the same exact time.
This is due to supply and demand. Increased supply means the stores can pick local farmers to source their produce from instead of the main companies that ship them out year round. This equates to better taste, higher nutrition and lower cost.
Using the List
In order to save enough money to fill a grocery bag you must use the list appropriately. The savings will be there, but you have to purchase items that fall within the season and only those items to save as much as possible. Some fruits and vegetables fall under more than one season and will appear in more than one month.
Be strict with your shopping and plan ahead and you will save money year round that you used to throw away due to lack of understanding.
I’m aware that it may be difficult to only eat blueberries, or avocados when they are in season, but that is the price we pay when we want the freshest, least expensive, nutrition dense produce year long.
It also gives you the opportunity to try other fruits and vegetables you tend to avoid. Variety of fruits and vegetables is key to receiving all the necessary natural nutritional content the world has to offer
- Lettuce (all varieties) (March, April, May)
- Asparagus (April, May)
- Parsnips (March)
- Rutabagas (March)
- Cauliflower (March, April)
- Radish (March, April, May)
- Turnips (March)
- Leeks (March, April)
- Pineapples (March, April, May)
- Artichokes (March, April, May)
- Brussels Sprouts (March)
- Spring Peas (April, May)
- Okra (May)
- Broccoli (March, April)
- Mushrooms (March, April
- Rhubarb (April, May)
- Cherries (May)
- Mangoes (May)
- Strawberries (May)
- Zucchini (May)
- Swiss Chard (May)
- Apricot (May)
- Apricot (June, July, August)
- Blueberry (June, July, August)
- Cherries (June)
- Lettuce (June, July, August)
- Kiwi (June, July, August)
- Cantaloupe (June, July, August)
- Mango (June, July, August)
- Corn (June, July, August)
- Swiss Chard (June, July, August)
- Watermelon (June, July, August)
- Peaches (June, July, August)
- Zucchini (June, July, August)
- Blackberry (July)
- Cucumber (July, August)
- Green Beans (July, August)
- Kohlrabi (July, August)
- Okra (July, August)
- Peppers (All Varieties)
- Plum (July, August)
- Raspberry (July, August)
- Strawberry (July, August)
- Summer Squash (July, August)
- Tomatoes (July, August)
- Acorn squash (August)
- Apple (August)
- Butternut Squash (August)
- Eggplant (August)
- Figs (August)
- Winter Squash (August)
- Acorn Squash (September, October
- Butternut squash (September, October
- Apples (September, October
- Beets (September, October, November)
- Figs (September)
- Cantaloupe (September)
- Eggplant (September)
- Cauliflower (September, October, November)
- Mango (September)
- Lettuce (September, October)
- Grapes (September, October)
- Green Beans (September)
- Mushrooms (September, October, November)
- Persimmon (September, October, November)
- Peppers (September)
- Okra (September)
- Tomato (September)
- Pomegranate (September, October, November)
- Swiss Chard (September, October
- Pumpkin (September, October, November)
- Spinach (September, October, November)
- Sweet Potatoes (September, October, November)
- Brussels Sprouts (October, November)
- Broccoli (October, November)
- Cabbage (All variations) (October, November)
- Cauliflower (October, November)
- Cranberry (October, November)
- Leeks (October, November)
- Parsnips (October, November)
- Rutabaga (October, November)
- Turnip (October, November)
- Winter Squash (October, November)
- Oranges (November)
- Pears (November)
- Tangerine (November)
- Grape Fruit (December, January, February)
- Cabbage (December, January, February)
- Cauliflower (December, January, February)
- Kale (December, January, February)
- Leeks (December, January, February)
- Mushrooms (December)
- Brussels Sprouts (December. January, February)
- Oranges (December, January, February)
- Broccoli (December, January, February)
- Parsnips (December, January, February)
- Pears (December)
- Tangerines (December, January, February)
- Papayas (December)
- Rutabagas (December, January, February)
- Sweet Potatoes (December)
- Turnips (December, January, February)
- Tangelos (December, January, February)
- Pomegranate (December)
- Lemons (January, February)
Getting Around the System
This list contains just about all the most popular fruits and vegetables on your grocery list. Some of the fruits and veggies fall in between different seasons or don’t last a complete season. To remedy that I have added the months next to the fruit to give you the exact time they are in season.
Remember, Using this list you will not only get the best tasting, most nutritious vegetables during any given season, you will also save money and quite a bit of it if you play your cards right.
Happy saving to all those who do everything on a budget like myself, let me know how you feel about the list below, or fruits or vegetables I should add.
As Always, It was a Pleasure.
Stan – Founder Asparagus Tips