Helpful hints to buying Organic (or not…)

I was thinking this would be fun to share today.
Buying Organic can be spendy, but here is a little guide that I go by! I buy the dirty dozen organic for sure, but the produce that is the least contaminated, I buy conventional. I printed this list off and keep it in my wallet, so if I can’t remember I just bust out the reminder list.

The following guide is from the Environmental Working Group.

12 Most Contaminated
(AKA the ones you’d be wise to by organic)
Peaches
Apples
Sweet Bell Peppers
Celery
Nectarines
Strawberries
Cherries
Pears
Grapes
Spinach
Lettuce
Potatoes
I add carrots to this list…

12 Least Contaminated
(AKA if you don’t wanna, don’t buy these organic…)
Onions
Avocado
Sweet Corn (Frozen)
Pineapples
Mango
Asparagus
Sweet Peas (Frozen)
Kiwi Fruit
Bananas
Cabbage
Broccoli
Papaya
I add garlic to this list

It’s also not just about organic or not… buying local and in season is huge in my world too. Buying organic grapes for Indonesian isn’t really helping the world out and I would doubt their freshness.

Here is what is in season in our neck of the woods (aka California where our winter produce is grown) in January:
broccoli
leafy greens
cabbages
cauliflower
grapefruit
leeks
lemons
oranges
papayas
tangelos
tangerines

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.