I know fresh fruit is healthy, but it's kind of expensive for a family of six. Where do you find the cheapest fruit? --Joann
Like Kathryn, I've been finding the most consistently low-priced fruit at Aldi. I recently bought and compared bags of 3-lb. mixed fruit: Sam's Club had bags for $3 (or $1/lb.) while Aldi featured bags with the SAME label for $1.50 (beating the warehouse by half). The fruit might have been slightly more irregular as far as size, but it was just as fresh and delicious. I don't mind buying fruit at Aldi, because I always peel before eating. When my timing is good, I can sometimes snag blemished organic produce discounted at my local Harris-Teeter. You can always save money by sticking with fruit in season, whether you buy it from a produce stand or your chain grocer.
Here's a little secret about my fruit bowl: the lemons are made of wood. Really! I keep this Victorian bride's basket on my kitchen table, but I didn't want the acidity of fresh lemons to pit the silver. My mom found these look-alikes at a yard sale. They were the perfect solution. Now I add whatever fresh fruit we have on top. The lemons go a long way in making the arrangement look abundant, every day, even if I only add an apple and a couple of oranges.