- Buy from a local farm that is organic or uses other methods of pest control. With summer approaching, farmers markets will be everywhere!
- Don’t buy the dirty dozen as frequently. Even if you reduce the amount of strawberries you eat by half, that’s half the amount of pesticides.
- Exchange one of the dirty dozen for something lower on the list, ideally the clean 15. For example, choose sweet potatoes over regular or cantaloupe/watermelon for peaches or nectarines.
- Try organic frozen varieties of the dirty dozen. They are often less expensive. I love this for smoothies. Plus, it helps to satisfy the craving for that fruit, which means I don’t need to buy it fresh as often.
- To reduce residual pesticide, wash your fruits and vegetables well.
- Do some pricing research. You can find organic produce at pretty good prices if you look around.
- Take a look at other areas where you can save money so you can shift some of your budget to organics.
- Grow your own!
- Take a look at what you eat the most and concentrate on reducing the pesticides on those. For example, even though carrots are not in the dirty dozen, they are still pretty high on the list and we eat lots of them. I choose to buy these organic. Costco used to have them at a fantastic price. But I haven’t seen them in Nashua for a month!
Celery – I have seen organic for not much more. You could just leave it out of your recipe, or substitute chopped cabbage, cucumbers or water chestnuts for the crunch and celery seed/salt for the flavor. If you do buy organic celery and won’t use it all, try freezing it. I have chopped celery, frozen it and used it in soups with much success.
This post is part of Simple Lives Thursday and Seasonal Celebration Sunday.