Eating organic doesn't have to break the bank. It's time to change the assumption that including organic foods in the family diet has to cost more than regular food. It just takes focused planning and selective shopping.
Prioritize. Determine what's most important to you, and let those priorities guide your organic selections. If you want to avoid pesticides, for example, focus on organic produce. If growth hormones in dairy products or antibiotics in meats are of concern, go organic in these areas.
Savor in season. One of the best ways to get peak flavor at the lowest price is to purchase organic fruits and vegetables in season. Farmers markets and community-supported agriculture (CSA) groups are great ways to find them. If you want to take the next step, grow produce and herbs at home. Planting a backyard garden, even a small one, is light on the wallet and hefty in flavor, nutrition and satisfaction.
Shop smart. Organics occupy more supermarket shelf space than ever, and that means traditional methods of shaving the grocery bill apply. Many large chains have added their own brand of organics along with the store's private label organics. Compare costs with pricier national brands. It pays to shop sales and stock up on bargain-priced organics, and if they're available in bulk sizes or bulk bins, the savings from less packaging will be even more. Along with newspaper inserts, search online and print organics coupons; you can jump into social media like Facebook for coupons and freebies.
— Environmental Nutrition
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The dirty dozen
The 12 fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residues — the most important to buy organic.
- Nectarines (imported)
- Grapes (imported)
- Sweet bell peppers
- Blueberries (domestic)
- Kale/collard greens