Cheap, Fresh, Local.
The purpose of this blog is to help people figure out ways to incorporate whole foods in to their diet without spending too much money. There is a perception that eating a vegan diet is very expensive compared to an omnivorous diet. The fact is there are plenty of easy ways to go vegan and eat well on a budget. One of the best and healthiest ways to do this is to cut out the processed foods and start eating more whole foods. Farmers markets are a great place to nab deals on fresh fruit and vegetables.
Most farmers markets offer a table of food at a reduced price like the one shown in the picture above. These are foods that are just a little past their peak but haven’t quite gone bad yet. This is a great option for those of us who want fresh local foods but can’t always afford produce at full price.
These cheaper produce options aren’t always the ones we would have chosen regularly. Use this as an opportunity to get creative and try new foods. Find recipes using any ingredient at www.vegweb.com. Just search the name of the fruit or vegetable and dozens of recipes will pop up.
(To find out more tricks about using vegweb click here)
At this farmers market we ended up buying 2 eggplant, 1 red pepper, 5 zucchini, and a bag of 10-12 lemons and limes for only $6! Perfect for pasta primivera and lemon pellegrino.