Grilling out this month? All those veggies that go great on the grill are good buys, too.
Prices are falling on corn, zucchini, summer squash and peppers, says James Parker, facility team leader for the global produce buying office of Whole Foods Market. And shoppers will see better prices on salad items such as cucumbers and string beans.
Often these items are grown locally or regionally on smaller farms, which means lower shipping costs -- plus less time from field to table. "Not only is the produce cheaper, but it tends to be fresher," Parker says.
Depending on where you live, you could see prices drop below $1 per pound for both conventional and organic summer vegetables, he says.
Berries are another good buy in June. With blueberries and strawberries, you may find lower prices or just larger containers, Parker says. In June, 4 pounds for $6 or $7 "is not unusual," he says. "Ounce for ounce, you're paying a lot less in June than the rest of the year."
Parker advises making your shopping list, but set some discretionary dollars aside for whatever's fresh, ripe and on sale that week. "There's going to be a lot to choose from in June."