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The best ingredients for baking a cake or cooking anything really, are the freshest ones you can find. Fruit, for example, can be used in some of the best cakes and desserts you can make. But they can be pretty expensive when you drive to your local supermarket.
So how can you save money and still get the freshest ingredients for your chocolate raspberry cake? The best thing to do is find the nearest farmer's market. Here you can find the freshest fruits and vegetables around for a fraction of the price charged at the supermarket.
Why pay close to $5 for half a dozen oranges when you can get the same amount for $1. The quality is often much better and the prices are much lower. Even if you have to do a little traveling to get to the nearest farmer's market, it can still be cheaper and taste better.
If you are in New England, take a trip to Boston's Haymarket. If you are on the west coast there are dozens of these treasure troves all over the place. Farmer's markets all over the country are one of the best kept secrets today. Find out what fruits your latest cake recipes call for and save yourself some money.