- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 15, 2009

We’re told to eat more fruits and vegetables to help slow the expansion of our waistlines. But when times are tough and produce is expensive, that can be a tall order.

It doesn’t have to be, according to www.frugal village.com.

Search out local farmers markets (www.localharvest.org/csa), buy what’s on sale at your grocery store, and include roadside stands and ethnic markets in your search for cheap veggies and fruit, the site suggests.

Also, see if you can get bulk bargains, and don’t forget about frozen produce when all else fails.

And why not grow your own?

Another money-saver can be to join or start a food co-op. The site recommends www.coopdirectory.org for more information.

Last, suggests the site, create a meal plan that includes local, seasonal fruits and veggies.

- Gabriella Boston

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