So I love the idea of eating organic food. But often, the price tag stops me from buying all organic items. I just can't stomach the thought of paying twice as much for groceries each week. I just can't do it. Not when there's starving kids in the world. Not when there's community organizations and charitable non-profit groups I could give that money to.
But I also don't want to completely overload my family with pesticides. Something about that just doesn't seem smart.
Last January, I came across a list - "The Dirty Dozen." I love it because it lists 12 produce items that have the most pesticide residue on them. Working from this list, I try and be sure to buy these items organic. The link I have embedded also lists the 12 produce items least likely to have pesticide residue on them so I buy those in the non-organic section and save myself some money.
Also, if you scroll to the bottom of that webpage, you can find a link to download these two lists in a wallet-friendly format. So handy! Print one out and take it with you to the grocery store next time.
Other Tips for Saving Money on Organic Produce:
1. Buy your produce when it's in season. My grocery store (part of the Kroger chain) has organic produce for the same price, or sometimes cheaper, than non-organic - when it's in season. I scored a bunch of organic blackberries a few weeks ago for $1 each!
2. Buy all your produce from the farmer's market. I've been doing that for the last couple weeks and it's been fabulous because it's usually organic and I know that every penny from my purchase is going straight into those farmer's pockets. And y'all, there aren't any rich farmers out there.