Living healthy nowadays can be expensive if you buy from the supermarket all the time.
I know it is the convenient route for many of us, but if you want to save a little more money, stay away from the grocery store’s fruit and vegetable section and opt for fresh produce from the palengke or talipapa instead.
I am finding more ways to prepare healthy meals for my family without breaking the bank and I realized that buying fresh produce from the public market fits my bill.
Here are some of the reasons why I love buying from the public market nearby:
- I buy local, and I am certain (almost) that my product is from a Philippine farm.
- I help local farmers toprovide food for their tables.
- I get fresh produce, and I don’t usually have to worry about chemicals being sprayed on them just to prolong their attractiveness on the shelf.
- I can go for affordable, versus those fruits and vegetables that went through several middlemen before they reached those mega supermarkets.
- I support sustainability, since I can opt for organic, if I want.
- I go for simplicity, since the products are not wrapped in plastic or any fancy packaging that will just fill up the trash bin and landfills.
But sometimes, especially in rural areas, there are vegetable, fruit, fish and meat vendors that go from house to house selling their products.
Now, that’s even better, I think!
Kangkong, sweet potato tops and other leafy greens are delivered to my doorstep. An old woman who sells her friend’s produce is a regular in my street.
I especially love kangkong, and I even wrote a story about it here.
We also buy fish, shrimp and squid from a man who carries them in buckets.
But there are also times when my daughter harvests from the malunggay tree nearby. I love it when she surprises me with these!
And there are also those times when my mom comes back from Baguio with these goodies — Baguio vegetables and longganisa! Yum!
Ahh, there’s so much to be thankful for. ❤
But the big goal is to grow my own fruits and vegetables. It’s a dream for now. But let’s see!
I love this verse:
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. – Genesis 1:29
See you next Tuesday for another post on living frugally and what it means for my family day in, day out!