Lifestyles Of The Fabulessly FruGAL…

Summer is here, and now is the perfect time to stock up on fresh homegrown and local produce.  If you don’t have a garden growing in your back yard… No worries… just be sure to check your weekly grocery ads for great deals on what’s in season. If you are fortunate enough to live near a local farm… be sure and stop by and ask what’s on sale… and what they’ll be harvesting in the weeks to come.

Also take advantage of Cathy’s posts HERE about stockpiling fresh produce… She has a wealth of information on how to preserve the summer bounty for the coming months ahead.

And, if you don’t already know about this gem of a cookbook Simply in Season … You’ll want to take a closer look.  It’s stuffed full of simple seasonal recipes.

“An essential kitchen companion for all of us who love to get our food from our own backyard, local CSA or farmers market–and always need new ideas. This is a book I will turn to over and over again. They’ve put the recipes in the most organized, easy-to-use cookbook I’ve seen.” –Catherine Walthers, author of Raising the Salad Bar and Greens, Glorious Greens

So tell us… what FAB deals have you picked up this week on produce?




  • Amanda B.

    My husband’s grandparent have HUGE Bing cherry tree in their yard, so I got lots of those for freezing and jamming and fresh eating, all for the marvelous price of free. 🙂 That’s my favorite kind of produce deal.

  • Lachelle

    We have been enjoying lots of zucchini from our garden. I need more ideas of how to use it though…anyone have some good recipes? (We have been having it in a skillet meal with carrots, potatoes, peppers and some seasonings and I have put it in a quiche.)

  • Susan

    Just fresh salad greens here. They are EXPLODING in the garden! Salad every night, a bucketful to a neighbor and 5 gallon size bags in the fridge. I need to make a FREE sign and stick it out front .

    • mavis

      🙂 Too bad you can’t freeze lettuce! I bet if you put a FREE sign out front you’d make someone very happy!

      • Mavis, are you making fun of me? 😀

      • Susan

        I put the bags outside with a FREE sign after the sun went down. (It was too hot to put it out earlier) It was all gone within 20 minutes.

        I have been doing this for 5-6 years. All extra goes on a cardboard box (upside down) with the FREE sign on the front. I use the box so people can see and to keep the produce off the ground.

        It started out quite by accident. We had been on vacation and came home to about 20 overgrown zucchini. Hubby was going to put them in the compost bin. I kept 2 to shred and put the box and sign that said “FREE Zucchini- Great for shredding/baking” They were GONE when we checked an hour later. I don’t like food waste!! As many here can relate to.

        We now plant a bigger garden just for this reason. It’s amazing how many people are grateful for the overflow. I LOVE being able to contribute something to my community.

        I have had notes left, people come to the door with blueberries, etc. and the best part is everyone seems to SHARE! I leave plastic grocery bags tucked in the handles of the upside down box to use to “shop”.

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