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17 tips for buying organic food on the cheap
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This is also a great time to bargain at a local farmers' market. You may be able to nudge prices down even further by buying in bulk from a local farmer. It never hurts to ask. If they have to move produce that day, you might get bulk orders at a discount.

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You can either share your bounty with friends and family or keep it all and freeze your leftovers.

8. In the off-season, buy preserved foods.
When the weather turns, turn to preserved foods. In the winter, steer clear of high-priced, in-store produce and buy canned, frozen or dried organic fruits and vegetables instead.

"Don't be afraid to use preserved foods during cold months," Cool says. "The prices are usually better. The flavor is often better."

Cool, who lives in northern California, buys frozen organic peas, corn, peaches and berries all winter long.

"I don't touch a tomato in my hand from November to the beginning of July. I use canned. I use frozen berries all winter," Cool says.

"Frozen peas and frozen corn in the middle of winter are way better than what's been shipped and has no flavor."

9. Embrace the big freeze.
Your freezer is good for more than TV dinners and frozen pizzas. Just haggled a great deal on a whole bunch of organic fruits and vegetables? Freeze your luscious leftovers and pull them out as treats during the winter.

"Buy it and freeze it," DiMatteo says. "That's a very economical way of having that produce at a reasonable price year-round."

It's best to eat organic fruits and vegetables that you freeze on your own within six months. For more information on freezing, canning, and drying fruits and vegetables, check out tips from Just Food.org.

10. Shop sales and house brands.
Grab store discount fliers at every opportunity. When an organic food you like is marked down, stock up for less.

Shop the house brands. Any food with the word "organic" on its label has to go through the same certification process regardless of its brand name. Buying the house brand in stores such as Wild Oats, Safeway and Whole Foods can save you money. And be sure to check out discount organic brands such as Woodstock Farms and Gourmet Artisan.

11. Clip coupons.
Snatch up all the coupons for organic food that you can find. Check store fliers, the Sunday newspaper and even the inside of food packages. Organic foods sold under such brands as Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen and Amy's often have coupons on the inside of their packages.

 
 
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