Get your fill of veggies every month straight from your local harvest at a healthy discount. You can find a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program in your area at LocalHarvest.org. Subscribe for periodic packages of locally grown fruits, vegetables and other products with one upfront payment.
For example, Seabreeze Organic Farm,
in San Diego, Cal., offers four weekly or biweekly deliveries starting at $173 (plus the CSA membership fee). The regular-size package weighs about 12 to 17 pounds and includes four to five different fruits, eight to eleven different vegetables and a bouquet of flowers.
Andrea Muse, author of "Buying in Bulk" and founder of FrugallySustainable.com
, estimates that you can save up to 50% off your grocery bill if you buy in bulk correctly. She recommends starting small so that you can work the quantities into your cooking routine and storage space. And she suggests finding other people to invest in a share with you to split the costs and the bounty.
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