I do not get it. All winter I wait for this time of year when awesome sales on produce begin and this year I still seem to be waiting. This little container of blueberries is still $3.99. Lemons are still 79 cents EACH and mangoes are well over $1 each at my Superstore. Am I missing something? These are close to the same price as during the winter.
I finally bought a deep freeze (epic story and product review to come) so that when produce is on sale I can stock up, make jams, freeze beautiful summer fruit to indulge in in the winter and no big deals so far at all.
Next month I will be going to events for the Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival where I hope to not only be inspired with ideas for working with blueberries but also find some serious deals on them too! If blueberries are in season where you are, here are some ideas for making summer time treats with them!
Cold Berry Soup
My personal favourite will always be blueberries and milk with some sugar. Simple, classic and refreshing… not to mention easy for those summer days you just can not bear to turn on the oven.
So bring on the sales! I want some awesome deals on produce people! I think we have been patient long enough, don’t you?
I so agree. It’s like we’re little puppets on strings and they jerk us around with the occasional sales. It’s getting old. Funny though, I don’t mind paying a little more for locally grown produce though, although often I find better deals there.
I always stock up when blueberries are on sale, like to the tune of 12+ cartons. You’ll love having a deep freeze! dianne
i got great blueberries for $1.50 (a pint) at my local Wal-Mart!
Debra She Who Seeks says
Blueberry lovers of the world, unite!
A Nova Scotian even THINKING about blueberries from elsewhere! For shame!
Suzie Ridler says
Um…well, if they’re not in season I can’t exactly buy them yet can I? As I said, I will be going out to the farmers and buying directly during the festival. I am also growing my own blueberry bushes. What else can a human being do?
Suzie, I totally feel the pain and sting of the prices as well. What’s also frustrating is when the local stuff does come in, as much as I love it, the produce still seems to be priced higher than imported…go figure! I’m sure the local blueberries will be wonderful once they are ready, in the meantime you gotta do what you gotta do to enjoy them.
@bushidoka. Chill out! So what are the rest of us supposed to when something is not in season, just refrain from ever having it? This is Canada after all, and growing seasons are short and limited, so I guess a Nova Scotian simply can’t enjoy any blueberries any other time of the year other than when they are locally available? Not very realistic. It’s quite an unfair comment to make. What do you do when you feel like having a banana or mango, wait for them to become locally available at your farmer’s market?
I’m with you Ava, our B.C. berries are just in the store in the last 2 weeks or so. Up ’til then the imports both U.S. & Mexican were all over the place (Overripe & Overpriced). The strawberries & raspberries were very late due to weather. We are all now subject to the minutest influence in the food markets (wait until the effect of the Gulf Oil Spill really hits home) and have to grin and bear it.
Blueberries are in season here in Oregon for us now, but many of our veggies are late growing because of a cold season so far.
Blueberry galette is what I’ve made the most often, but I also made blueberry crumble bars! Yummy!
@bushidoka – FAIL? I don’t understand. Did you read Suzie’s post before “shaming” her? She is waiting to buy produce from the farmers… The right move in my book!
We have a small outdoor market nearby that gets stuff from local farmers (and elsewhere I presume). I got a pint of blueberries the other day for one dollar! I was shocked! But I know it’s just a limited time sale but still I jumped on it while I could. I agree, you have to buy things when they come on sale because prices are insane! Now if only they’d drop the price on barlett pears.
This Guy says
Suzie. HOW DARE YOU buy and eat blueberries out of season. LOL I love everyones posts, ya, we’re in Canada, fruits and veggies are in and out of season every few weeks.
However Suzie, I can’t believe you don’t have your own greenhouse to grow local all year around, or study genetics and invent a new blueberry that will fruit all year, even in harsh Winter. Won’t you contribute anything to society??? LOL
In all honesty, its expensive to buy locally, even here in Niagara, Ontario. I went too the farmers market last week, and everything was priced a good 25-30% more than a local grocery store. With todays economy its just not cost effective to shop locally. It’s great to shop locally, but I am not going to be hosed at the cashier to do so….
You keep rocking it Suzie! 😉
Ps. Can’t wait to hear what Sears did for you with the Freezer!!! I wish I could get a deep freeze, I am trying to talk my sister into getting one and letting me rent out 1/4 of it! LOL