I don’t know about other Farmer’s Markets around the country, but ours is quite pricey. Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand why. Most of these farmers are not mass producing therefore they do not have the equipment to mass harvest. Not to mention their products are generally organic and taste so much better.
My only problem is that I have to feed a family of five, and boy does that get expensive. I am always looking for ways to feed them organic quality ingredients on the dime.
When I was at the Farmer’s Market a few weeks ago, I over heard one of the ladies at the stand tell someone that she had organic apricots for jam making for $1 a pound. The ones up front were being sold for $5 a pound!! Before this woman even had time to respond, I was behind the counter picking out my apricots. I got home that evening and made 12 jars of apricot berry jam for about $7 total.
While I was picking out the apricots, it occurred to me that every vendor must have produce like this. So, at the next stand I asked if they had any soft tomatoes that they weren’t planning on selling, and would sell to me for less. I was able to pick up 10 pounds for $5…score!
Here are my tips for getting cheap produce:
- Go about 30 minutes before the market closes
- Ask for soft or bruised produce that would be perfect for jams or sauces
- Negotiate bulk pricing
- Buy in season produce (ie don’t buy watermelon in december)
Now that you have all of my tips, don’t come to my farmer’s market in Solana Beach. Just kidding.
Now, about this sauce. This is a great sauce for spaghetti, bolognese, pizza, etc. I love adding a stick of really good butter such as Plugra European Style Butter at the end of cooking because it adds creaminess to the sauce. This sauce freezes beautifully for 6 months! Keep in mind that if you use Heirloom tomatoes, your sauce will be lighter than traditional tomato sauce. Enjoy peak of summer tomato sauce in the cold winter months!