I've been making a weekly trip to our local natural food store for soy milk and fresh fruits and veggies (just one more reason I can't wait for the CSA to begin!) With our soymilk consumption at its current level, we have hard time making 8-64oz containers last a full week and I can't fit more than that in the fridge. For right now, this makes a weekly shopping trip for these items a must.
The store I go to, marks organic over-ripe and bruised fruits & veggies down to $.49. This week, I was able to get quite a bounty of apples, potatoes and sweet potatoes. For just $10.45, I was able to get enough potatoes and sweet potatoes for 2 meals, as well as, a tremendous amount of apples. For the most part, the bruises on the apples were so minor that my kids have been enjoying eating them as is! The more bruised apples became a delightful apple crisp. As for the potatoes, I really couldn't find any problem with them.
The challenge now is to find uses for the rest of the apples before they get yucky. I'm going to try the apples in our smoothies this weekend and there's definitely some apple bread in our future.