Sweet, sweet vegetables! Years ago I would have laughed had you told me how many vegetables I would eat past 2011. No, more like cackled. But not only have I grown to eat them regularly, I have grown to enjoy eating them and actually crave them when I’m away from home and not eating enough. (My old self is still pointing and laughing.)
Similar to what I did with the fruit post, I will look at the vegetables we eat regularly. When available, I try to only buy organic veggies, as most don’t have a thick skin that is removed. If there isn’t an organic option, most times I skip it and look for something else.
Hy-Vee ranges from $1.999-$2.49/bunch for organic celery stalks. This is much cheaper than Whole Foods which costs $1.99 PER POUND! The first time at WF, I didn’t realize it was per pound (my mistake) until I got home and reviewed the receipt. Every last piece of that $9 worth of celery was consumed that week. Won’t make that mistake twice. Trader Joe’s is usually $2.29/bunch. The downside here is that lately it seems to be hit and miss if it is available.
While the price for organic tomatos seems to average the same, I find Trader Joe’s to be the best deal. Often the 1 lb package of organic tomatos has more than 1 lb of organic tomatos. The other week there was close to 2 pounds inside the package! Prices range from $3.49 (TJ) to $3.99 (Hy-Vee and WF).
This summer and fall, 2 green peppers at Hy-Vee ran $5.99! Trader Joe’s offered these for 79 cents to $1.19/pepper. (Not sure the WF price point.) Trader Joe’s wins hands down here.
It really depends what you are looking for with kale. Hy-Vee and Trader Joe’s both offer the the box/bag or chopped leaf. Hy-Vee offers this for $3.99-$4.49. Trader Joe’s offers this for $2.29-$2.49. These are great for kale chips or adding into recipes, but you should spend some time removing the thick ribs. My personal favorite is the full organic leafy kale from Whole Foods. They are the only local place that offers this and it’s a treat to pick up a few bunches when I’m there. On sale they are $2/bunch, and regular price is $2.49-$2.69/bunch. This is best for salads. If you’re a Costco member, a great deal is the large bag (1.5 lbs) of organic baby leaf kale for $4.79. Some people love these as kale chips, but it’s also great to juice or add to dishes. It hasn’t been in stock the last few times I’ve been there, so I think I’m going to request it return if it’s still missing at my next visit.
Hy-Vee charges $4.99 for an organic carton and Trader Joe’s charges $1.99. Once again, TJ’s wins.
Cucumbers (wait, these are a fruit – shoot!)
These are a staple in our juice, but I haven’t been buying them lately because the cost is just too outrageous. (Please, summer, arrive. My backyard garden needs you!) Hy-Vee charges $4.99/lb (when available) and Trader Joe’s is $3.49. (That is usually for 2.)
I haven’t found organic onions at Hy-Vee. At Trader Joe’s, a 2 pound bag of organic white onions is $2.29. At Whole Foods, a 3 pound bag of oorganic onions is $2.99. Either one is a win as onions keep well and they seem to be in most dishes I prepare.
A fresh organic stalk (?) at Hy-Vee is $2.99. Trader Joe’s has a pre-cut organic bag for $2.69. Anything that saves a little time is 2 thumbs up for me! If you’re a Costco member, there is a large frozen bag of organic broccoil that is great for steaming or adding to oven dishes. (Not great for roasting.) Pick up a bag to have on hand for a quick steam-able veggie.
We love to juice beets! Hy-Vee doesn’t sell organic beets. The conventional option is $2.49 for 3. Trader Joe’s doesn’t have fresh beets (fail). Whole Foods sells organic beets, $2.49/3. Whole Foods is the WIN here.
This is a tough one for me as I don’t really price compare here. We go through baby carrots like crazy. If you’re a Costco member, buy them at Costco. A 5 pound bag of organic baby carrots is less than $6. Well worth it!
Did you get enough vegetable prices here? YIKES! Hands down, my favorite veggie is kale. Four years ago, I didn’t even know what kale was… now I can’t get enough. Oh, how times have changed!
What’s your favorite vegetable?