Selecting pineapple is quite simple! Choose one that looks fresh with sturdy green leaves and that is firm. Avoid pineapple that looks dry or dehydrated. Pineapples are fully ripe when green and color is not an indicator of ripeness or flavor. Pineapples are picked when ripe and do not ripen after harvest. Here are some of the produce deals around central Ohio for the week of March 28.

*Kroger (central Ohio) Sweet corn - 4 for $1.00 Whole pineapple - 4 for $5.00 Blackberries - 3 for $5.00 (6 oz pkg.) Kroger Value grapefruit - 2 for $5.00 (5 lb bag) Kroger Value navel oranges - 2 for $5.00 (4 lb bag) Tomatoes on the vine - $1.48 lb Dulcinea personal watermelon - 2 for $5.00 Apples - 10 for $10.00 (Braeburn, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala, Jazz, Red Delicious or organic Braeburn) Dole or Fresh Selections salad blends - 2 for $5.00 (select varieties, 5-12 oz bags) White mushrooms - 2 for $3.00 (whole or sliced, 8 oz pkg.) Organic mini carrots - 2 for $4.00 (16 oz pkg.) Organic Red Delicious apples - $2.99 (3 lb bag) Mixed berry bowl - $3.99 lb (made fresh in-store) Mangoes - 10 for $10.00

*Meijer (central Ohio) Red or green seedless grapes - $.96 lb Sweet mandarins - $4.99 (5 lb box) Sweet corn - 6 for $2.00 Homegrown russet potatoes - $2.99 (10 lb) Lemons or limes - 2 for $4.00 (2 lb bag) Dole Caesar or Caesar Light salad kit - 2 for $5.00 (10 oz pkg.) Red, white or sweet onions - $.79 lb Ataulfo mangoes - 2 for $1.00 Whole pineapple - $2.49 Fresh herbs - $1.99 (3/4 oz.)

*Giant Eagle (central Ohio) Strawberries - buy 1 get 1 free (1 lb pkg) Mangos - 10 for $10.00 Gala apples - $1.49 lb Bartlett pears - $1.49 lb Pineapples - $2.99 each Broccoli - 2 for $4.00 Broccoli crowns - $1.99 lb Asparagus - $2.99 lb Green beans - $1.49 lb Farmers Market microwave geen beans - $2.99 (12 oz. bag)

*Save-A-Lot (Columbus locations) Granny Smith or Gala apples - $3.49 (3 lb bag) Red or Gold Delicious apples - $3.49 (5 lb bag) Asparagus - $1.99 lb Avocado - $1.49 each Bananas - $.54 lb Blueberries - $2.50 (6 oz. pkg.) Broccoli - $1.69 Cabbage - $.49 lb Cantaloupe - $1.99 Celery - $1.49 Cilantro - $.50 Cucumbers - $99 each Grapefruit - $1.99 (3 lb bag) Red globe grapes - $1.59 lb (seeded) Seedless red or green grapes - $1.69 lb Honeydew melon - $2.49 Kiwi - $.55 each Lemons - $.39 each Limes - $.50 each Mangoes - $59 each Baby Bella musrhooms - $1.79 lb Sliced mushrooms - $1.79 lb Yellow onions - $1.99 (3 lb bag) Green onions - $1.00 Sweet onions - $3.49 (4 lb bag) Navel oranges - $4.99 (8 lb bag) D'Anjou pear - $1.19 lb Green peppers - $.69 each Red Peppers -$1.19 each Pineapple - $2.99 Plums - $1.49 each Idaho potatoes - $3.79 (10 lb bag) Sweet potatoes - $.89 lb Russet potatoes - $3.29 (8 lb bag) Radishes - $1.00 (1 lb bag) Salad mix - $1.39 (12 oz bag) Slaw mix - $1.49 (1 lb bag) Spinach - $1.99 (9 oz. bag) Zucchini - $1.59 lb Strawberries - $2.00 (1 lb pkg.) Vine ripe tomatoes - $2.49 lb Tomato 4 pack - $3.49 (18 oz pkg.) Roma tomatoes - $2.49 lb Whole watermelon - $5.99

*Marc's (Columbus) Dole romaine or Greener selection salad blends - 2 for $3.00 (9-12 oz bags) Tomatoes on the vine - $1.49 lb Seedless cucumbers - 2 for $3.00 Whole mushrooms - $1.29 (8 oz pkg.) Broccoli - 2 for $3.00 Green Giant baby cut carrots - $1.29 (1 lb bag) Gala apples - $.99 lb Navel oranges - $4.49 (8 lb bag) Lemons - 2 for $3.00 (2 lb bag) Strawberries - 3 for $5.00 (1 lb pkgs.)

*Aldi (Ohio) Red or green seedless grapes - $.99 lb Gala apples - $.99 (3 lb bag) Strawberries - $1.49 lb Grapefruit - $1.49 (5 lb bag)

*Nick's Market (Columbus) Dole or Fresh Express salad blends - 2 for $5.00 (10 oz bags, selected varieties) Red onions - $.89 lb Seedless cucumbers - 2 for $4.00 Dole or Fresh Express blends - 2 for $5.00 (10 oz bags, selected varieties) Cherry tomatoes - 2 for $4.00 (pint) Dole cauliflower - $2.49 each Peeled baby carrots - 2 for $3.00 (1 lb bag) Green Bartlett pears - $.99 lb Premium apples - $3.99 (3 lb bag, Gala, Red or Golden Delicious) Ruby red grapefruit - 5 for $3.00

*Little's Village IGA (Columbus) Idaho potatoes - $1.99 lb Green Bartlett pears - $.99 lb Dole cauliflower - $2.49 each Cherry tomatoes - 2 for $4.00 (pint) Dole or Fresh Express salad blends - 2 for $5.00 (10 oz bag, selected varieties) Ruby red grapefruit - 5 for $3.00 Gala, Red or Golden Delicious apples - $3.99 (3 lb bag) Baby carrots - 2 for $3.00 (1 lb bag) Red onions - $.89 lb

*Lovejoy's Market IGA (Plain City) Navel oranges - $1.99 (4 lb bag) Beefsteak tomatoes - $1.79 lb Asparagus - $1.99 lb Celery - 2 for $3.00 Dole mini carrots - 2 for $5.00 (1 lb bags) Fresh Express green & crisp or premium romaine salad - $1.99 (9-12 oz. bags) Seedless cucumbers - 2 for $3.00 Broccoli - 2 for $4.00 Mini sweet red, yellow & orange peppers - 2 for $5.00 (pint pkg.) Cantaloupe - $.99 (Saturday, April 2 only)

*Ashville IGA (Ashville) Strawberries - 3 for $5.00 (1 lb pkg.) Idaho potatoes - $1.99 (5 lb bag) Dole celery - 2 for $3.00 Fresh Express green & crisp salad - $1.99 (12 oz bag) Yellow onions - 4 for $5.00 (2 lb bag)

*Jewett's IGA (Mt. Sterling) Asparagus - $1.99 lb Navel oranges - $1.99 (4 lb bag) Beefsteak tomatoes - $1.69 lb Dole celery - 2 for $3.00 Dole mini carrots - 2 for $5.00 (2 lb bag) Dole broccoli - 2 for $4.00 Seedless cucumbers - 2 for $3.00 Fresh Express green & crisp or premium romaine salad - $1.99 (9-12 oz bag) Mini sweet red, yellow & orange peppers - 2 for $5.00 (pint pkg.) Idaho potatoes - $1.49 (5 lb bag, March 31-April 2 only) Yellow onions - $.89 (2 lb bag, March 31-April 2 only) Strawberries - $1.59 (1 lb pkg., March 31-April 2 only)

*Mosier's IGA (Raymond) Red onions - $.89 lb Cherry tomatoes - 2 for $4.00 (pint) Cauliflower - $2.49 each Peeled baby carrots - 2 for $3.00 Green seedless grapes - $1.99 lb Idaho potatoes - $1.88 (5 lb bag) Strawberries - $2.99 (1 lb pkg.) Green Bartlett pears - $.99 lb

*Cook's IGA (Columbus) Navel oranges - $2.99 (4 lb bag) Fresh Express green & crisp or premium romaine salad blends - $1.99 (9-12 oz bags) Beefsteak tomatoes - $1.69 lb Dole celery - 2 for $3.00 Asparagus - $2.59 lb Dole broccoli - 2 for $4.00

*Community Markets (Marysville, Washington Courthouse, Hillsboro, Chillicothe, Greensfield) Red grapefruit - $2.99 (5 lb bag) Honeydew melon - $2.99 each Driscoll blackberries - $2.99 (6 oz. pkg.) Blueberries - $2.99 (6 oz. pkg.) Red potatoes - $2.99 (5 lb bag) Fresh Express spinach - 2 for $4.00 (9 oz. pkg.) Sweet onions - $.77 lb Baby Bella mushrooms - $1.67 (8 oz whole or sliced) Cantaloupe - $1.49 April 1-2 (Fri. & Sat. April 1-2) Idaho baking potatoes - 2 for $5.00 (8 lb bag Fri. & Sat. April 1-2) Fresh Express garden salad - $.88 (12 oz. bag, Wed. Mar. 30)

*Hometown Market (Richwood Cardinal, Canton, Wadsworth, Utica and Centerburg) Idaho potatoes - $1.99 (5 lb bag) Yellow cooking onions - $1.49 (2 lb bag) Dole cauliflower $2.49 each Cherry tomatoes - $1.99 (pint) Dole classic iceberg salad - 2 for $4.00 (12 oz. bag) Bauman Red or Gold Delicious apples - $2.99 (3 lb bag) Green seedless grapes - $1.99 lb Strawberries - $2.99 (1 lb pkg.)

*West Jeff Finer Food (West Jefferson) Sunkist navel oranges - $3.99 (8 lb bag) Idaho potatoes - 2 or $4.00 (5 lb bag) Strawberries - 2 for $3.00 (1 lb pkg.) Cucumber - $.89 each Broccoli - 2 for $4.00 (2 for $4.00) Kiwi - $1.99 lb Green Giant baby peeled carrots - $1.29 (1 lb bag) Whole pineapple - $2.99 Tomatoes on the vine - $1.59 lb Dole classic salad mix - $.99 (12 oz bag) Dole shredded lettuce - $.99 (8 oz. bag) Dole bananas - $.49 lb Roma tomatoes - $1.29 lb

*Discount Drug Mart (central Ohio) Dole strawberries - 2 for $5.00 (1 lb pkg.) Navel oranges - 2 for $5.00 (4 lb bag) Cantaloupe - 2 for $3.00 Idaho potatoes - 2 for $3.00 (5 lb bag)

*Trader Joe's (Columbus) Pomegranate seeds - $3.99 (5.3 oz. pkg.) Eight Chopped Veggies - $2.99 (16 oz. container, chopped hand –packed blend red and green cabbages, carrots, broccoli, jicama, peppers, radishes and celery) Organic romaine hearts - $2.69 (3 ct. pkg.) Medjool dates - $4.49 (16 oz. pkg.) Bananas - $.19 lb Honeydew melon - $3.49 Cantaloupe - $2.99 Red or green seedless grapes - $3.79 (20 oz. pkg.) Long sweet red peppers - $2.99 (8 oz. pkg.) Tri color peppers - $3.79 (3 ct.) Grape tomatoes - $3.99 (16 oz. pkg.) Roma tomatoes - $2.99 (18 oz. pkg.) Organic grapefruit - $1.49 each Loose tomatoes - $.99 each Organic sugar plum tomatoes - $3.69 (16 oz. pkg.) Organic tomatoes - $3.49 (16 oz. pkg.) Limes - $.39 each Gold potatoes - $2.29 (3 lb bag) Russet potatoes - $2.29 (3 lb bag) Sweet potatoes - $1.79 (3 lb bag) Teeny tiny potatoes - $1.99 (16 oz. bag) Sweet red onions - $.79 each Baby red potatoes - $1.99 (1 lb bag) Organic Haas avocados - $3.99 (4 ct. pkg.) Organic russet potatoes - $3.99 (5 lb bag) Sweet yellow onions - $.79 each Organic gold potatoes - $3.29 (4 lb bag) Pineapple - $2.99 Mangos - $1.49 each Organic carrots - $.89 (1 lb bag) Organic broccoli - $2.99 Organic celery - $2.29 Organic romaine hearts - $2.69 (3 ct. pkg.) Romaine hearts - $2.29 (3 ct. pkg.) Organic white button mushrooms - $1.99 (8 oz. pkg.) Organic cucumbers - $2.95 Organic zucchini - $3.99 (2 ct.) Yellow squash - $3.49 (1 lb pkg.0 Broccoli bunch - $1.79 Cauliflower - $2.29 Yellow or orange peppers - $1.29 each Asparagus - $3.29 (12 oz. pkg.) Navel oranges - $2.99 (4 lb bag) Grapefruit - $.99 each Lemons - $1.49 (1 lb bag) Fresh herbs - $1.79 (cilantro, mint, rosemary, chives and parsley) Almonds - $4.49 lb Cashews - $5.49 lb Walnut halves - $7.99 lb Raw pecan halves - $6.49 lb Sunflower seeds - $1.69 lb Brazil nuts - $5.99 lb *Sam's Club (central Ohio) Strawberries - $3.17 (2 lb pkg.) Navel oranges - $6.98 (10 lb bag) Cantaloupe - $1.52 each Clementines - $5.40 (5 lb. pkg.) Whole pineapple - $1.88 Medjool dates - $8.48 (2 lb. pkg.) Honeydew melon - $3.79 Mini watermelon - $3.87 Lemons - $3.87 (3 lb. bag) Limes - $5.59 (3 lb. bag) Cara Cara navel oranges - $4.98 (5 lb. bag) Fuji apples - $5.98 (5 lb bag) Jonagold apples - $4.98 (5 lb bag) Gala apples - $5.98 (5 lb bag) Ataulfo mangoes - $6.98 (6 ct.) Apple pears - $5.98 (6 ct.) D'Anjou pears - $3.88 (5 lb bag) Pluots - $6.98 (3.5 lb bag) Red or black seedless grapes - $4.98 (3 lb pkg.) Plums - $5.98 (3.5 lb bag) Yellow onions - $4.98 (10 lb bag) Sweet onions - $4.98 (5 lb bag) Golden red potatoes - $5.98 (10 lb bag) Butter gold potatoes - $4.99 (10 lb bag) Baking potatoes - $7.98 (15 lb bag) Russet potatoes - $3.32 (10 lb bag) Bananas - $1.48 (3 lb pkg.) Colossal garlic - $3.78 (2 lb. bag) Sweet red onions - $4.98 (5 lb bag) Carrots - $2.98 (5 lb bag) Avocados - $6.98 (5 ct. bag) Blueberries - $5.98 (18 oz. pkg.) Raspberries - $5.98 (12 oz. pkg. Artisan lettuce - $3.98 (6 heads) Romaine hearts - $4.68 (6 ct.) Spring lettuce - $3.98 (1 lb pkg.) Tossed salad - $2.97 (3 lb bag) Romaine blend - $2.97 (2.5 lb bag) Iceberg lettuce - $2.45 (2 ct.)

*Costco (Columbus) Blueberries - $5.49 (24 oz. pkg.) Strawberries - $4.99 (2 lb. pkg.) Granny Smith, Fuji or gala apples - $6.99 (12 ct. tray) Pink lady apples - $6.99 (12 ct. tray) Red delicious apples - $7.99 (10 lb. bag) Cantaloupe - $5.99 (3 ct.) Honeydew melon - $3.99 Mini watermelons - $5.99 (2 ct.) Seedless watermelon - $7.99 Pineapple - $2.79 Bananas - $1.47 (3 lb. bunch) Pummelos - $8.99 (4 ct.) Limes or lemons - $6.49 (5 lb. bag) Tangerines - $3.79 (5 lb. bag) Grapefruit - $6.79 Oranges - $8.99 (13 lb. bag) Cara Cara oranges - $7.99 (8 lb. bag) Clementine mandarins - $6.99 (5 lb. box) Roma on the vine tomatoes - $5.49 (2 lbs.) Grape tomatoes - $5.99 (2 lb. pkg.) Campari tomatoes - $5.79 (2 lb. pkg.) Jumbo yellow onions - $4.99 (10 lb. bag) Gourmet medley potatoes - $5.99 (5 lb. bag) Extra large baking potatoes - $8.99 (20 lb. bag) Medjool dates - $7.99 (2 lb. pkg.) Peru sweet onions - $4.49 (5 lb. bag) Sweet red onions - $7.49 (8 lb. bag) Gold potatoes - $8.99 (15 lb. bag) Small red potatoes - $5.99 (10 lb. bag) Haas avocadoes - $5.99 (5 ct. bag) Gourmet dried mushroom medley - $15.99 Fresh garlic - $5.79 (3 lb. bag) Seedless red grapes - $7.79 (4lb. pkg.) Organic peeled baby carrots - $5.49 (5 lb. bag) Vegetable platter & dressing - $9.99 (4 lb. tray) Sweet mini peppers - $3.99 (2 lb. bag) Red peppers - $5.99 (6 ct. bag) Mixed bell peppers - $6.79 (6 ct. bag) Dole whole white mushrooms - $3.49 (24 oz. pkg.) Baby Bella mushrooms - $3.99 (24 oz. pkg.) Corn - $7.99 (8 ct., husked) Romaine hearts - $3.49 (6 ct. bag) Organic spring mix - $3.99 (1 lb. pkg.) Organic spinach - $3.99 (1 lb. pkg.) Spinach - $4.49 (2.5 lb. bag) Butter living lettuce - $2.99 Organic Caesar salad kit - $3.79 (1 lb. pkg.) Brussels sprouts - $4.59 (2 lb. pkg.) Asparagus - $4.99 (2.25 lb. pkg.) Celery - $2.99 Jumbo artichokes - $5.99 (4 ct.) French green beans - $5.79 (2 lb. bag) Baby cucumbers - $4.99 (2 lb. bag) Seedless cucumbers - $3.99 lb. (3 ct.) Sugar snap peas - $5.49 (2 lb. pkg.) Shelled English peas - $4.99 (24 oz. bag) Sweet red cherries - $7.99 (2 lb. pkg.) D'Anjou pears - $5.99 (6 lb. bag) Fruit tray or fruit bowl - $12.99 (4 lbs.) Pomegranate arils - $6.99 (2- 8 oz. bowls)

*Whole Foods Market (Dublin) Organic grape tomatoes - $2.99 (pint) Organic Braeburn apples - $.99 lb 1015 sweet onions - $.99 lb Pink Lady apples - $1.69 lb Blackberries - 2 for $5.00 (6 oz pkg.) Strawberries - $4.99 (2 lb pkg.) Cantaloupe - 2 for $5.00 Organic Bartlett pears - $2.49 lb Organic blueberries - $3.99 (pint) Green asparagus - $3.99 lb White asparagus - $4.99 lb Organic salad tomatoes - $3.99 lb Organic bunch carrots - 2 for $3.00 Organic fennel - $2.99 lb. Grape tomatoes - $4.99 (1 lb. pkg.) Organic Braeburn apples - $1.79 lb. Organic yellow onions - $2.99 (3 lb. bag) Organic Haas avocadoes - 4 for $5.00 Mangoes - 2 for $3.00 Organic bagged lemons - $2.99 lb. Organic white onions - $.99 lb. Pineapples - $3.99 Clementines - $6.99 lb. Tomatoes on the vine - $3.99 lb. Red garnet or jewel yams - $1.99 lb. White sweet potatoes - $1.49 lb. Bagged sweet potatoes - $2.99 (3 lb. bag)

*GFS (central Ohio) Jumbo Spanish onions - $4.49 (10 lb bag) Red potatoes - $7.79 (10 lb bag) Idaho potatoes - $3.99 (10 lb bag) Mixed fruit - $7.49 (5 lb bag) Royal crisp apples - $5.99 (8 lb bag) Lemons - $2.49 (1 lb bag) Red delicious apples - $4.79 (5 lb. bag) Granny Smith apples - $5.99 (5 lb bag) Yellow onions - $2.99 (5 lb bag) Red onions - $4.99 (10 lb bag) Baby carrots - $1.99 (2 lb bag) Petite cut carrots - $5.99 (5 lb bag) Celery hearts - $2.99 (2 ct pkg.) Seedless cucumbers - $2.29 Cucumbers - $8.99 (6 ct. pkg.) Mixed peppers - $8.99 (6 ct. pkg.) Radishes - $.99 (1 lb bag) Mushrooms - $3.99 (24 oz. pkg.) Sundried tomatoes - $5.99 (1 lb. bag, diced) Triple washed spinach - $4.99 (2.5 lb bag)

*Valu King (Reynoldsburg) Strawberries - $1.69 (1 lb pkg.) Red seedless grapes - $1.49 lb Gala or Granny Smith apples - $.99 lb Broccoli - $1.49 D'Anjou or Bosc pears - $1.19 lb Pineapple - $2.29 Celery - $.99 Mangoes - $.99 each Sweet onions - $.99 lb Whole mushrooms - $.99 (8 oz. pkg.) Kiwi - 3 for $.99 Cantaloupe - $1.99 Green cabbage - $.39 lb Lemons - 2 for $1.00 Carrots - $.99 (2 lb.bag) Fresh Express premium romaine or green & crisp salad - $1.99 (10-12 oz. bags)

*Buehler's Fresh Foods (Delaware) Dole baby carrots - $.82 (1 lb bag) Fresh Express tender spinach - $1.99 (9 oz. bag) Honeydew melon - $2.99 Snow white mushrooms - $1.99 (8 oz. pkg.) Jazz apples - $.82 lb Seedless white grapes - $1.29 lb English cucumbers - 2 for $3.00 Bananas - $.39 lb OSO sweet onions - $.67 lb Strawberries - 2 for $5.00 (1 lb pkg.) Mangoes - $.82 each

*The Fresh Market (Columbus) Green asparagus - $2.48 lb Blackberries, blueberries or red raspberries - 2 for $5.00 (6 oz. pkgs.) Seedless red, green or black grapes - $2.48 lb

*The Hills Market (Columbus) Blackberries - $2.39 (6 oz. pkg.) Strawberries - $1.99 (1 lb pkg.) Jumbo hydroponic tomatoes - $2.19 lb

*Andersons Market (Columbus) Celery - $.99

*Carnival Foods (Heath, Lancaster and Circleville) Strawberries - $.98 (1 lb pkg., limit 2) Russet potatoes - 2 for $5.00 (8 lb bag) Sweet onions - $.58 lb Cauliflower - 2 for $5.00 Navel oranges - $4.98 (8 lb bag) Cantaloupe - 3 for $5.00 Idaho potatoes - $3.98 (10 lb bag) Clementines - $3.98 (3 lb bag) Celery hearts - 2 for $5.00 Baby carrots - 2 for $5.00 (2 lb. bag) 50-pound all purpose potatoes - $12.98 Bok choy - $.98 lb Baby Bella musrhooms - $1.88 (8 oz. pkg.) Snow peas - $2.98 lb Kiwi - $1.98 (6 ct. pkg.) On the vine tomatoes - $1.98 lb Green peppers - 10 for $10.00 Red, white or black seedless grapes - $1.68 lb Lemons - $1.68 (2 lb bag) Key limes - $1.88 lb Fresh Express Italian or hearts of romaine - $3.98 (18 oz. family pack) Whole pineapple - 2 for $5.00

*Sack N' Save (Chillicothe) Baking potatoes - 2 for $5.00 (8 lb bag) Fresh Express garden salad - 2 for $3.00 (12 oz. bag) Yellow cooking onions - $1.88 (3 lb bag) Dole baby cut carrots - 2 for $3.00 (1 lb bag)

*Weiland's Gourmet Market (Columbus) On the vine cluster tomatoes - $1.99 lb Head lettuce - $.99 each Cauliflower - $1.99 Broccoli heads - $1.99 lb Organic EarthBound salads - $2.49 (5 oz. pkg., baby spinach, herb salad, baby lettuce, baby romaine salad or baby spring mix)

*Sanfillipo Produce (Columbus) All apples $.99 lb. everyday *Green B.E.A.N. Delivery (Columbus, Cinncinati area) Small organic fruit and vegetable bins - $35.00 per week (A healthy variety of organic fruits and vegetables. This produce bin is the perfect size for 2-3 people.) Medium organic fruits and vegetable bins - $42.00 per week (A similar selection of fruits and vegetables as the Small Bin, but in larger quantities. It's great for a family of four or a couple of veggie enthusiasts. Large organic fruits and vegetable bins - $49.00 per week (Similar selection as the medium bin, but with additional items and larger quantities. It's perfect for a large family looking for a diverse and healthy diet.)

Some of the grocery chains change their ads in the middle of the week. I will update as I get more information.

For now happy shopping!

Laurie Dixon, TheBAG Lady


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