Want to save some money?
Ask me about “seconds,” visually imperfect fruits and vegetables you can often get by the case at a discount. Also called No. 2 produce, seconds are great for making tomato sauce, salsa, jam, and soup—but they’re perfectly fine to eat as is, too, as long as you don’t mind a few dings.
You can get great deals by arriving at the end of the day…
…when vendors discount unsold goods so they don’t have to haul them back home. But some markets don’t allow the practice, so check before you go.
Buying at the start of the season doesn’t always save you money.
You’ll pay a premium to get the first peaches or tomatoes of the year. If you’re on a budget, wait a few weeks until a food is abundant, demand dies down, and prices drop.