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Old 11-05-2005, 08:05 AM   #11
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I do the same thing! I do not skimp when it comes to cooking. It is my biggest expense, and will continue to be!
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I'm terrible in that I don't even look at the price of fresh veggies and fruit. If it looks good, I buy it. Yes, we live on a budget, but hubby always says he married the best cook and you can't go wrong with good food. When I look at my grocery bill when I check out .... I know we could feed another person or perhaps an entire third world nation. Yes, it is getting more expensive. I have an ancillary question: Having lived in Hawaii and Florida, I know that papaya and mango are very, very, very easy to grow. Why are they so darned expensive to buy?

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Old 11-05-2005, 10:34 AM   #12
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time to start thinking of victory gardens again.
i know it's fall, but for some of you that live in warmer climes, you can grow things like beets, cabbages, carrots, and lettuces through the winter.
i can't tell you how much i save every year by growing and eating the fruits of my garden. someday, i really would like a large greenhouse, so i could have fresh, organic foods all year long, for pennies a pound.

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Old 11-05-2005, 09:44 PM   #13
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Not much choice for fresh local produce up here in Maine. Today I bought a green pepper and the price was $2.99 lb! Ugly ripe tomatoes were the same price, pretty much everything has gone up in price except for local fruits such as apples, pears.
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Old 11-06-2005, 02:51 AM   #14
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Definitely DID have my "victory" garden this summer, and I have relatively little space for it. Four tomato bushes and I froze a couple gallons of tomato sauce. My, what a lot of work! I have enough pesto to feed the world. And a big basket of dried peppers, and a bit of frozen roasted poblanos as well (next year, more poblanos). My cukes were a mixed blessing. They got very tough-skinned and seedy, so will try a new variety next year. So much for old varieties. Sometimes you have to bow to progress: There's a reason new strains were developed. I still have a few green tomatoes ripening on a windowsill, and I'm dreading the day that they are gone. I don't can and don't have a big freezer (we consider buying one, but then realize that we're doing OK with our regular one). But, yes, my regular weekly grocery bill has gone up about $20 in the past year. My tomato patch took over what is usually my lettuce patch, so I only got one crop of lettuce. But I still have a ton of chard. It is amazing what you can grow in a few square feet of good soil and long days (it was actually harder to grow veggies in Florida and Hawaii)(shorter summer days).
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Old 11-06-2005, 03:01 AM   #15
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As I said, I've lived in Florida and Hawaii and do not get the high prices for mangoes and papayas. If you live below the freeze line, people are practically begging to give you mangoes (it is a large tree, and all the fruit ripens at once ... we're talking dozens, maybe hundreds in a mature tree, of mangoes). Papayas are very easy to grow year round (again, assuming you live south of the freeze line). I guess the high price of them is jacked up because they're viewed as exotic. What I see here is bad fruit with an expensive price tag, when I know it isn't hard to grow and ... well, I'm eating grapes from Chile when I know Florida and Hawaii grow tons of papaya and mango .... and one of them will cost me $5 and not be of good quality. Pineapple is another story ... they're not easy to grow, and it takes the better part of a year to make ONE. To me, fresh doesn't taste remotely like canned. Because I ate so much in Hawaii, I only buy a pineapple once a year or so, but love it.

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