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Peaches, berries, cherries on sale in July

Peaches, berries and cherries
Peaches, berries and cherries

Strawberry production peaks in July, which means the prices are some of the best you'll see all year. (Shortcake, anyone?)

If you like to buy and freeze your own, this is the month for you, says James Parker, facility team leader for the global produce-buying office of Whole Foods Market. Depending on where you buy and whether you choose conventional or organic, you could see prices of anywhere from $4 a pound to $2 a pound.

Blueberries will be only slightly higher in price than strawberries. However, because some of the northern states start harvesting blueberries in July, "there may be spot opportunities, depending on where you live," Parker says.

Peaches and cherries are a great buy this month, too. "July generally tends to be the time to really buy peaches," Parker says. "Historically, we see $2 to $2.50 a pound becoming the norm, and some specials dropping well below that."

With cherries, shoppers will see "$4 or less per pound as the norm," Parker says. Fruit from the Pacific Northwest rolls in in July. And while harder-to-grow yellow Rainiers are a little more expensive, red Bings will be 50 cents a pound to a $1 a pound cheaper in July, he says.


 

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