One of the main decisions I made when I committed to a frugal and sustainable life was to buy quality and healthy food produce in bulk directly from the food producer.
There are advantages I can think of:
a. because there are no middle men, the price is much cheaper,
b. because I buy after harvest, the product is fresh and with a guarantee that no preservatives are added
c. because I buy from local producers, I help in the local businesses and the in the livelihood of farmers
d. I reduce packaging waste, thus help the environment
Like this week, I got a sack of brown rice from my farmer-friend Ondoy Paluga. It is from his own farm and he sold it to me at 36 pesos per kilo, that is 4 pesos lower than the market price.
Of course, the other advantage of buying from a friend is that the product gets delivered to your home.