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Last summer fruit on sale in September

What's on sale in September?
Cut flowers -- and the last of the summer fruit

Cut flowers -- and the last of the summer fruit

September is not too late to get a good buy on summer fruits. Some of the best deals include the following.

Raspberries: "Great eating" and 50 cents to $1 cheaper per pound or pint, says Adam Mitchel, associate coordinator of global perishable purchasing facilities for Whole Foods Market.

Peaches, nectarines and plumcots: Look for special promotions with prices that are 20 cents to 50 cents cheaper per pound.

Tomatoes: Mother Nature knows the season is ending, so September tomatoes are especially good, Mitchel says. Look for regional heirloom varieties to be 50 cents to $1 cheaper per pound than usual, he says. Shoppers should also find good prices on cherry tomatoes and Roma varieties, he says. But with all types, at the very end of the season, the prices could go up, he adds.

If you want to set a beautiful table -- or just add a spot of color to your home -- there are a few bargains on cut flowers this month, too.

Tulips, dahlias and sunflowers are all plentiful this month, Mitchel says. While fall tulips should be about $1 a bunch cheaper than the last few months, prices on sunflowers and dahlias could be 50 cents to $2 cheaper, he says.


 

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