(WWLP) - Fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs are always in demand in thesummer months when they are fresh and plentiful.
Sixteen Acres Garden Center has a vast variety of vegetation.Those with a green thumb can choose seeds or potted plants thatwill grow vegetables and herbs throughout the summer.
Seeds are the best investment, but plants may not reach maturityin a reasonable time. Tomato, pepper, and eggplant plants are bestbought as a plant in late May.
Home grown peppers are almost 30 times cheaper than storebought. Tomatoes are about 5 times cheaper per pound. And the priceof a packet of basil at the store is the same as an entireplant.
Grabbing produce at the supermarket or Farmers Market iscertainly convenient, but may cost you a couple extra dollars.Shoppers can still find fresh and local produce at theseplaces.
Big Y Supermarkets are located across western Massachusetts.This chain of stores grew its roots locally and supports localvendors and farms. Jennifer Gomes, the fresh fruits developmentmanager for the BIG Y on Boston Road told 22News that the companytakes pride in its relationship with neighboring farms.
"In the summer time we work really closely with the localfarmers in the area […] For the money the customers arespending for local produce, it's basically the same as any othertype of produce we carry. They're definitely getting a fresherproduct," she said.
The Farmers Market at the "X" is a wonderland of locallygrown fruits and vegetables. The supplies at this stop may notprovide much in the way of savings, but the benefit is in thequality and support of local farmers.
Belle-Rita Novak, the manager of the Farmers Market at the X,explained to 22News on Tuesday,” Sometimes it is more,sometimes it's less. But small production farming is more expensivethan large production farming […] Everyone needs to thinkabout why it's important to buy local. You're helping to preservefamily farms."
This summer, if you're willing to get your hands a little dirty,you will certainly savor the fruits of your labor. And save somemoney in the process.