Organic gardening is not only wonderful in supplying your family with great tasting food, it also benefits the budget as well.
For example, let’s consider raspberries. They are so delicious and even when in season, can be expensive at area grocery stores and Madison Farmers Markets.
You can go to U Pick farms that feature raspberries such as Sutter’s Ridge Farm in Mt. Horeb http://www.suttersridge.com or Carandale Farm near Oregon http://www.carandale.com where you would be able to get quantities to freeze for later use and make raspberry jam.
Or, you could plant a few bushes. They are very hardy and perennial which means they will come back year after year. You can start new plants very easily, so an initial investment of a few plants will grow to be a patch or can provide plants for friends and family. They like a sunny area, so choose a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sun a day.
Imagine the luxury of being able to go outside, before breakfast, to harvest berries for your cereal. Or doesn’t this just make you hungry, raspberries scattered across vanilla ice cream. Jam that you have made yourself, from berry bushes in your garden, spread on a piece of whole wheat toast would be exceptional. And let’s not forget raspberry muffins, warm from the oven.
So for a small investment of about $12.99 per bush, and choice of red, black or yellow varieties, you can have delicious, organic fruit. Kleins Greenhouse on East Washington has a good selection of varieities. You can check out their website at http://www.kleinsfloral.com.