Summer begins on Saturday and supermarkets are marking the change of seasons by offering lots of fresh fruit. From cherries to watermelon to all kinds of berries, this is the time of year that our fruit bowl runneth over. Here are the highlights:
Overall, SaveMart has the best and most bargains.
Safeway has a fruit BOGO bonanza.
Raley's BelAir has a great-sounding recipe for Northern Italian Chicken and Rice Salad.
And Nuggett Market opens in Elk Grove on June 25.
What makes SaveMart so special this week is the volume of sale items. From boneless cross rib steak $1.99 lb to whole cantaloupe 2/$3 and Bohemian Hearth sliced bread $1.99.
In the meat dept. there's Tri-tip roast at $4.99 lb; Moran's 96% lean ground beef $3.99 and Flat Iron steaks $3.99. For seafood, there's fresh cooked shrimp meat $3.99 and fresh steelhead fillets at $4.99.
Eggs are costing less at $2 a dozen. English muffins are 3/$4 and Chicken of the Sea Albacore tuna is $1 a can. In the bakery, check out the fresh baked strudel bars for $2.99 or a peach pie for $4.49. Fresh baguettes are $1.49 each. In the deli section, potato salad is $2.99lb.
Now, for the produce: Get sweet, (bada) Bing cherries while they are still available $3.99lb; a whole seedless watermelon is $4.99 and avocados are 5/$5. For salads, there's green onion, radishes and cilantro at 49-cents a bunch.
Over at Safeway, the BOGO items include organic strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Large cantaloupes are $1 each; pineapple is $2.99. And those Bings are $3.99lb. at Safeway also. Veggies are a bargain this week with Fresh Express greens and iceberg lettuce at $1 each. Baby peeled carrots are $1 a bag. There's really no excuse not to eat healthy with these prices.
If you're feeling fishy, there's fresh Alaskan salmon at $8.99lb; super colossal sea scallops that are big enough to grill at $9.99lb and Tilapia fillets at $4.99lb.
Down the extras aisle: Dennison's chili is $1 per can; Safeway bottled water is $3.88 per case and Florida orange juice, Cheerios, Safeway select ice cream, frozen waffles and Chips Ahoy or Toasted chips are BOGO buys.
For $1 you can buy items like Pringles, Mac&Cheese; Cheese Nips and olives.
At Raley's BelAir, check out the recipe for chicken&rice salad. A club pack of boneless, skinless breasts is $1.99lb; a 16oz bag of Full Circle raw shrimp is $5.99 and the same brand of Natural Alaskan cod fillets is $5.99 per bag.
Raley's BelAir has a special on Kellogg's cereals and snacks. Cereal is 2/$5; fruit snacks 3/$4.98 and rice krispies treats are 2/$4. 2-liter Coke products are $1 a bottle and Crystal Geyser sparkling mineral water is $1 for a liter bottle. If the laundry is piling up, All or Wisk detergent is $4.59 and cleaning supplies are 25% off.
Over at the independents, Vics markets are having salad days with Fresh Express greens at 2/$3; avocados at 89-cents each; tomatoes on the vine at $1.69lb and mushrooms at $1.99 a package. They are also advertising boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a 3lb. bag for $5.99
Foods Co. has whole chickens in a twin pack for 67-cents a pound; boneless roast for $2.98lb and fresh Atlantic salmon fillets for $6.78lb. Family favorite Michelinas budget gourmet entrees are 2/$1. They are great to have in the freezer for a quick, tasty lunch. Western Hearth sliced bread is 3/$5; a case of Kroger bottled water is $2.98 and bottles of Powerade are 58-cents each. Large size Kellogg's cereal (Frosted Flakes, Raisin Bran, Raisin Bran Crunch) is 2/$5 and yummy-looking pudding cakes are $4.88 in the bakery.