When choosing a whole watermelon, look for one that is heavy for its size with a rind that is smooth. Choose a melon that is neither overly shiny nor overly dull.

The underside of the melon should have an area that is a yellowish or creamy tone. Melons that are white, not cream on the underbelly have been picked prematurely. Here are some of the produce deals around central Ohio for the week of Monday, April 25.

*Kroger (central Ohio) Strawberries - 2 for $3.00 (1 lb pkg.) Blackberries - $2.88 (12 oz. pkg.) Sweet corn in-husk - 4 for $1.00 Sweet corn tray pack - $2.49 (5 ct.) Tomatoes on the vine - $1.48 lb Navel oranges - $2.99 (4 lb bag) Apples - $2.99 (3 lb bag, Golden Delicious, Gala or Granny Smith) Lady Alice apples - $1.68 lb Organic Gala or Fuji apples - $1.68 lb Organic mini carrots - 2 for $4.00 (16 oz. bag) Vidalia onions - $.59 lb Dole or Fresh Selections premium salad - 2 for $4.00 (select varieties, 9-12 oz.)

*Meijer (central Ohio) Red seedless grapes - $.99 lb Whole seedless watermelon - $4.99 each Meijer organics whole white or mini Bella mushrooms - $.99 (8 oz. pkg.) Dole Classic romaine salad - $.99 (9 oz.) Dole just lettuce or greener selection - $.99 (12 oz.) Baby cut carrots or organic baby cut carrots - $.99 (1 lb bag) Artichokes - $.99 each Pascal celery - $.99 each Mangoes - $.99 each Bi-color sweet corn - 6 for $1.99

*Giant Eagle (central Ohio) Strawberries - buy 1 get 1 free (1 lb pkg.) Pineapples - $2.99 each Broccoli - 2 for $4.00 Yams - $.59 lb Farmers Market Idaho potatoes - 2 for $5.00 (5 lb bag) Farmers Market whole sno-white mushrooms - 2 for $4.00 (12 oz.) Farmers Market baby Bella mushrooms - 2 for $4.00 (10 oz.) Fresh Express salads - buy 1 get 1 free (Italian, American, baby spinach or sweet butter blend) Collard, kale, mustard or turnip greens - $.89 lb Peeled garlic - $1.99 (1.5 oz.) Artichokes - $1.99 each Farmers Market microwave green beans - $2.99 (12 oz.) Nature’s Basket fresh herbs - 2 for $4.00 (15 varieties) Farmers Market grape tomatoes - 2 for $5.00 (pint) Campari tomatoes - $3.49 Kumato tomatoes - $3.99 each

*Aldi (Ohio) Cantaloupe - $.99 each Strawberries - $1.49 (1 lb pack) Mangoes - $.59 each Avocados - $.99 each Bananas - $.44 lb Little Salad Bar garden salad - $.99 (12 oz. bag) Sweet potatoes - $.99 (3 lb bag) Cantaloupe - $.99 each Pineapple - $1.59 each Season's Choice frozen strawberries or mixed fruits - $3.49 (32 oz. bag) Navel oranges - $1.49 (4 lb bag) Bananas - $.44 lb Red or green seedless grapes - $1.98 (2 lb pkg.) Strawberries - $1.49 (1 lb pkg.) Mangoes - $.69 each Lemons - $1.59 (2 lb bag) Pears - $1.79 (4 ct.) Apples - $2.79 (3 lb bag, Granny Smith, Gala, Red or Golden Delicious) Tomatoes - $2.29 (20 oz. pkg.) Roma tomatoes - $2.29 (20 oz. pkg.) On the vine tomatoes - $2.49 (24 oz. pkg.) Avocados - $1.15 each Baby Bella mushrooms - $1.69 (8 oz. pkg.) Baby carrots - $.99 (1 lb bag) Carrots - $1.29 (2lb bag) Cucumbers - $.69 each Mixed squash - $1.59 (24 oz. pkg.) Broccoli crowns - $1.59 (14 oz.) Cauliflower - $1.89 Celery - $1.25 Artisan lettuce - $1.99 (14 oz.) Multi-colored peppers - $2.49 (2 peppers) Green peppers - $1.79 (2 ct. pkg.) Sweet peppers - $.99 (3 lb bag) Red potatoes - $1.99 (5 lb bag) Yukon Gold potatoes - $1.99 (5 lb bag) Vidalia onions - $1.49 (2 lb bag) Red onions - $1.79 (2 lb bag) Russet potatoes - $2.99 (10 lb bag) Onions - $1.29 (3lb bag) *Andersons Market (Columbus) Celery - $.99 bunch Broccoli tops - $.99 lb Spring salad mix - $1.99 pkg. Green beans - $.88 lb Idaho baking potatoes - $2.99 (10 lb bag) Sweet potatoes - $.39 lb Nature's Gold mini carrots - $.99 (1 lb bag) Green onion bunches - 3 for $.99 Whole pineapple - 2 for $5.00 Cored pineapple - $3.49 Romaine lettuce - $.99 lb Romaine hearts - 2 for $5.00 (3 per bag) Grape tomatoes - 2 for $4.00 (pint) Green beans - $.99 lb Mangoes - $.99 each Red peppers - $2.99 lb Green bell peppers - $.99 each Navel oranges - $4.99 (8 lb bag) Strawberries - $2.99 (1 lb pack) Blackberries - 2 for $5.00 (6 oz. pack) Red raspberries - $3.99 (6 oz. pack) Blueberries - 2 for $5.00 (pint) On the vine tomatoes - $1.99 lb Grape tomatoes - 2 for $5.00 (pint) OSO sweet onions - $.99 lb Roma tomatoes - $1.99 lb Tomatoes - $1.99 lb Sweet potatoes - $.99 lb Idaho potatoes - $3.99 (10 lb bag) Red skin potatoes - $3.99 (5 lb. bag) Yellow squash - $.99 lb Zucchini - $.99 lb Red, white or black seedless grapes - $1.69 lb Baby carrots - $2.99 (2 lb bag) Cantaloupe - $2.99 Honeydew melon - $3.99 Clementine tangerines - $6.99 (5 lb box) Nectarines - $1.99 lb Red plums - $1.99 lb Fuji apples - $3.99 (3 lb bag) D'Anjou pears - $1.49 lb Bananas - $.59 lb Organic bananas - $.99 lb Lemons - $1.99 (2 lb bag) Relish tray - small $29.00 or large $54.00 (carrots, celery sticks, cherry or grape tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower buds, olives, red pepper strips, and your choice of spinach or dill dip) *Whole Foods Market (Dublin) Clementine tangerines - $4.18 (3 lb bag) Organic Pink Lady apples - $1.69 lb Organic bagged lemons - $2.99 lb Organic Bartlett pears - $1.69 lb Organic strawberries - $3.99 lb Organic kiwi - $.69 each Seedless Muscat grapes - $2.99 lb Murcott mandarins - $6.99 lb Whole pineapple - 2 for $7.00 Champagne mangoes - 10 for $10.00 Braeburn apples - $.99 lb Cara Cara oranges - 2 for $3.00 Organic lemons - $2.99 Organic asparagus - $4.99 lb Organic vine tomatoes - $4.99 lb Grape tomatoes - $4.99 (1 lb pack) Organic grape tomatoes - $4.99 (pint) White asparagus - $4.99 lb Organic baby carrots - $3.29 (2 lb bag) Baby carrots - $1.49 (1 lb bag) Organic snow peas - $4.99 lb Organic sugar snap peas - $4.99 lb Red bell peppers - $5.49 (6 pack) Organic green peppers - $2.99 lb Organic avocados - $5.99 (5 ct. bag) Organic cucumber - $1.99 Organic zucchini - $3.49 lb Organic romaine lettuce - $2.49 lb Organic romaine hearts - $2.79 (3 ct. pack) Organic baby romaine - $5.99 (1 lb clamshell) Organic 50/50 salad blend - $5.99 (1 lb clamshell) Organic spinach - $4.99 Organic Earthbound Farm salad - $3.99 (5-9 oz. clamshell) Organic green onions - $.99 bunch Cantaloupe - $2.99 Personal watermelons - $4.99 Honeydew melons - $4.99 Organic Fuji bagged apples - $4.99 (3 lb bag) Organic fresh herbs - $2.69 (3/4 oz. pack) Organic shitake mushrooms - $9.99 lb Organic cremini mushrooms - $4.99 lb Organic white mushrooms - $4.99 lb Bagged sweet potatoes - $3.99 (3 lb bag) Organic French fingerling potatoes - $4.99 (1.5 lb bag) Organic russet potatoes - $4.99 (5 lb bag) Organic yellow onions - $1.69 lb Organic red garnet or jewel yams - $1.99 lb Organic bananas - $.69 lb Organic free trade roses - $9.99 (one dozen)

*Nick's Market (Columbus) Bi-color sweet corn - 10 for $3.00 Vine ripened tomatoes - $.99 lb Green beans - $.99 lb Red potatoes - $.99 lb Blueberries - 2 for $5.00 (4.4 oz. pkg.) Watermelon halves or quarters - $.59 lb Zucchini or yellow squash - $1.29 lb Jumbo green peppers - 5 for $5.00 Ruby red grapefruit - 5 for $5.00 Cucumbers - 5 for $3.00 Green cabbage - $.49 lb Vidalia onions - $.79 lb Kiwi - 4 for $2.00 Dole or Fresh Express blends - $2.99 (10 oz. bag) Whole mushrooms - 2 for $4.00 (8 oz. pkg.) Dole romaine lettuce - $.99 lb Bartlett pears - $1.29 lb Honeydew melon fresh cut halves - $.99 lb

*Jewett's IGA (Mt. Sterling) Bi-color sweet corn - 3 for $1.00 Iceberg head lettuce - $.99 Modern brand sliced or whole mushrooms - $1.89 (8 oz.) Idaho extra large baking potatoes - 2 for $1.00 Vine ripe tomatoes - $1.59 lb Minneola tangerines - $2.49 (3 lb bag)

*Ashville IGA (Ashville) Bi-color sweet corn - 3 for $1.39 Iceberg head lettuce - $.99 Cantaloupe - 2 for $4.00 Minneola tangerines - 2 for $5.00 (3 lb bags) Navel oranges - 2 for $5.00 (4 lb bag)

*Hometown Market (Utica, Centerburg, Wadsworth, Richwood Cardinal and Canton) Dole head lettuce - $1.00 Sweet corn - 8 for $3.00 Grape tomatoes - 2 for $4.00 (pint) Cucumbers - 2 for $1.00 Whole mushrooms - 2 for $4.00 (8 oz.) Broccoli - 2 for $5.00 Green peppers - $1.00 each Idaho potatoes - 2 for $5.00 (5 lb bag) Vidalia onions - $1.00 lb

*Community Markets (Marysville, Chillicothe, Hillsboro, Washington Court House and Greenfield) Green peppers - $1.00 each Green beans - $1.00 lb Red potatoes - $1.00 lb Cucumbers - 3 for $2.00 On the vine tomatoes - $1.68 lb Yellow cooking onions - 2 for $3.00 (3 lb bag) Navel orange -$2.88 (4 lb bag Seedless red grapes - $1.59 lb Watermelon cuts - $.59 lb

*Carnival Foods (Heath, Lancaster and Circleville) Sweet corn - $.15 each (limit 20, Mon., Tues. & Wed. only) Baby peeled carrots - $.88 (1 lb bag, Mon., Tues. & Wed. only) On the vine tomatoes - $.98 lb Strawberries - $1.88 (1 lb pkg.) Vidalia onions - $.68 lb Cucumbers - $.58 each Green cabbage - $.39 lb Green beans - $.98 lb Pineapple - 2 for $5.00 Mangoes - $.68 each Yellow squash or zucchini - $.88 lb Yellow cooking onions - 2 for $3.00 (3 lb bag) Russet or Idaho potatoes - 2 for $5.00 (5 lb bag) Fresh Express baby spinach - 2 for $4.00 (9 oz. bag) Red seedless grapes - $1.68 lb. Rutabaga, turnips or red cabbage - $.78 lb Sweet watermelon cuts - $.68 lb

*Discount Drug Mart (central Ohio) Fresh Express iceberg garden salad - 3 for $3.00 (12 oz. bag) Fresh Express coleslaw mix - 3 for $3.00 (16 oz. bag) Yellow cooking onions - 3 for $3.00 (3 lb bag) Mushrooms - 3 for $3.00 (8 oz. pkg.) Grape tomatoes - 2 for $3.00 (16 oz. pkg.) Jumbo green peppers - 4 for $3.00

*Save-A-Lot (Columbus locations) Red & Golden Delicious apples - $3.49 (5 lb bag) Apple-orange mix - $3.99 (5 lb bag) Asparagus - $1.99 lb Bananas - $.54 lb Carrots - $1.49 (2 lb bag) Mini carrots - $1.39 (1 lb bag) Cauliflower - $2.49 Celery - $1.49 Cilantro - $.50 Corn in husk - $.44 each Cucumber - $.89 lb Grapefruit - $.59 each Grapefruit - $1.99 (3 lb bags) Seedless white or red grapes or red globe grapes - $1.69 lb Collard greens - $.99 lb Honeydew melons - $2.49 lb Kiwi - $.55 each Lemons - $2.99 (2 lb bag) Lettuce - $.99 Limes - $.50 each Mangoes - $.50 each Whole white, sliced or baby Bella mushrooms - $1.79 (8 oz. pkg.) Okra - $3.49 (12 oz. pkg.) Yellow onions - $1.79 (2 lb bag) Green onions - $1.00 (2 packs) Jumbo sweet or red onions - $.99 lb Sweet onions - $3.49 (4 lb bag) Navel oranges - $4.99 (8 lb value pack) Pears - $1.19 lb Jalapeno peppers - $1.49 lb Plums - $1.49 lb Green peppers - $.89 each Red peppers - $1.39 each Pineapple - $2.99 Sweet potatoes - $.89 lb Russet potatoes - $3.29 (8 lb bag) Radishes - $1.00 (1 lb bag) Cole slaw mix - $1.49 (1 lb bag) Spinach - $1.99 (9 oz. pkg.) Zucchini - $1.19 lb Strawberries - $2.00 (1 lb pkg.) Tangerines - $2.99 (3 lb bag) Vine ripe tomatoes - $2.49 lb Tomatoes 4 pack - $3.49 (18 oz. pkg.) Grape tomatoes - $2.50 (pint) Roma tomatoes - $1.99 lb Watermelon - $5.99 each

*Walmart (central Ohio) Red potatoes - $2.97 (3 lb bag) Red potatoes - $3.77 (5 lb bag) White potatoes - $2.97 (5 lb bag) Yams - $.88 lb Organic yellow onions - $2.98 (3 lb bag) Yellow onions - $1.98 (3 lb bag) Slicer tomatoes - $2.19 lb Roma tomatoes - $2.48 lb On the vine tomatoes - $2.19 lb Bananas - $.52 lb Green peppers - $.98 each Cucumbers - $.79 lb Tri-colored peppers - $3.98 (red, orange & yellow) Red cabbage - $.88 lb Green cabbage - $.50 lb Red Delicious or Gala apples - $.99 lb Broccoli crowns - $1.28 lb Broccoli bunch - $1.79 Cilantro - $.74 bunch Cauliflower - $1.98 Yellow squash or zucchini - $1.49 lb Organic baby carrots - $1.54 (1 lb bag) Navel oranges - $5.44 (8 lb bag) Grapefruit - $3.00 (5 lb bag) Cantaloupe - $1.44 Honeydew melon - $2.50 Pineapple - $2.59 Mushrooms - $1.88 (8 oz. pkg.) *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.) 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)

*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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