Juicing on a budget - part 2 - Sourcing your juicing produce
Cheap juice doesn't have to mean reduced quality juice. In part
1 of juicing on a budget we looked at what types of produce to use
and when to use them. In this second of a three part series or articles
we will look at where to source your fruits, vegetables and herbs.
Grow your own fruit and veg
Growing your own fruit and vegetables won't only save you money, it will
give you a great sense of satisfaction as well as enabling you to be sure
about the growing conditions, pesticides, fertilisers and insecticides
that have been used on the produce you juice. Find out more about growing
your own vegetables and fruit.
If you have a successful crop and have excess amounts of some of your
produce then you can barter with other locals who grow their own. If you
can't find anyone to barter with then you can either freeze the produce
or try selling it at your local fairs and markets.
If you don't have the time to take care of a vegetable plot or herb containers
then why not get yourself a couple of fruit trees? Once established fruit
trees require very little maintenance and are some of the heaviest croppers
there are. You can find many types of fruit trees at your local garden
centre including damsons, plums, apples and pears. For the more adventurous
you can also now easily get hold of lemon, lime and olive trees although
these will need to be in a heated indoors area over winter. If your local
garden centre doesn't stock what you want then try looking for an online
supplier who will deliver.
Use local markets
You will find many bargains to be had at local markets and fairs including
a good proportion of organic produce that is suitable for juicing. Organic
produce seems to automatically have a 'fashionable tax' applied to it
in the supermarket just as designer items would in a clothes shop.
At local markets such as women's institute or local farmers markets you
can pick up organic bargains without the extra price hike. What's more
you can make some very useful contacts and negotiate great deals if you
agree to take so much of a crop from an allotment holder or keen gardener.
These contacts can be invaluable as they will also be able to advise you
on what crops are best suited to your local area and may also share advice
so that you can successfully grow your own crops.
Local markets also have the massive advantage of the produce being very
fresh due to the minimal packaging and transportation that is required
to get the produce to the customer.
Pick your own
Many farmers will offer produce at a much reduced cost if you pick your
own from their fields and orchards as it saves them labour costs. Pick
your own is most commonly associated with strawberries but all types of
vegetables and fruit can be obtained this way. Striking a bargain with
a farmer for obtaining windfall fruits which would otherwise be left to
waste can be one of the best ways of juicing on a budget. If you buy some
other produce the farmer may well let you have windfall produce for free.
As well as making juices you could also consider using such abundant crops
and your juicer for other purposes such as making Cider or apple wine.
If shopping in stores
If you choose your time carefully then you should be able to pick up
bargains. Many small grocers want to clear their stock on Saturday so
that it doesn't perish further over the rest of the weekend. If you arrive
just before closing on Saturday you will often find the more perishable
Make sure to take care to avoid produce that has been reduced because
it is past its best. Once a fruit or vegetable is past its optimum ripeness
its nutritional content usually deteriorates with time.