(CNN) — Some Americans are giving homegrown food and specialty items as presents this holiday season and spending a fraction of what they’d pay in a store.
Who doesn’t like a tasty bargain?
According to the National Gardening Association, about 41 million households participate in food gardening; 58 percent do it to grow better tasting food and 54 percent do it to save money on food bills.
But Kenneth Wingard, a home furnishings designer, is among the 23 percent of growers who share their tasty treats with others. This year, he’s giving away organic peach jam and preserves from his California ranch for the holidays.
“It’s definitely a cost savings,” Wingard said. “It probably ends up costing us about $2 a jar and we are handing out 60 this year.”
But he doesn’t just do it for the cost, he enjoys the warm, fuzzy feeling it brings him.