But you like fresh vegetables? So do I and I admit to buying lettuce and an occasional tomato or pepper, but I don't eat nearly as many in the winter as in the summer.
To fill in the gaps, winter time provides vegetables that keep well, like carrots and cabbage. Take advantage of that and serve them often. Carrot sticks and cole slaw are great substitutes for pricey salads.
Other vegetables that are cheap in the winter:
- Brussels Sprouts
Some of these are cheap because they can be grown in cool conditions in southern winter areas but the root crops are usually not "fresh" but keep well in good conditions.
People used to use cellars of various kinds (aka "root" cellars) to keep roots and tubers that matured in late summer or autumn. It's still done now, except that the root cellar tends to be quite a bit larger and is above ground. Temperatures and humidity are controlled with modern technology to provide the best environment for keeping them.
Don't forget about the fruits! Citrus fruit and apples are cheapest now and are of great quality. As the year progresses, quality declines and prices rise, so pay attention and quit eating them when that happens.
Eating seasonally can make a real difference in your food bill.