Fruit and vegetables are nutritious and can be versatile, adding variety to your meals. Numerous vegetables can be included in sweet recipes such as muffins and cakes as well as soups and savoury dishes. Vegetables and fruit can also be very cheap.
I go to a bargain priced fruit and vegetable shop most fortnights. It is a train ride away but worth the effort. If I catch the train specifically to stock up on fruit and veggies, I take my shopping trolley. Sometimes I get off the train on my way home from somewhere else and buy a few items and carry them in shopping bags.
When I take my trolley I can stock up. Image by Marie Vonow
This shop has cheaper items because many are seconds. They are still fresh and nutritious but may be too big or small to be sold through supermarkets. Some have blemishes on the skin or another 'fault'. Most items are grown locally which also keeps the cost down.
Although I don't think anything tastes as good as home grown vegetables, sometimes it is cheaper for me to buy them at this shop than grow them. I can purchase a wide variety and the amount I need at a particular time. I find growing some of my own vegetables and purchasing others works good for me.
Yesterday, I spent $6.75 and came home with a small butternut pumpkin, three bananas, six lebanese cucumbers, a kiwi fruit, two lemons, an avocado, five mushrooms, a zucchini and a cob of corn. That was as much as I could comfortably carry as I already had other things.
Image by Marie Vonow
I enjoy all the items I purchased. Pumpkin is one of my favourites, especially when baked with a roast. Sometimes I puree it and make pumpkin soup. Other times I include chunks of pumpkin in a soup of mixed vegetables. There are plenty of savoury recipes which use pumpkin.