When to buy organic?

Some of us who are organic snobs would say “always”, but we all know that buying organic all the time, while honorable, is just not always feasible.    If you have one of the big organic stores near you, lucky you!   If not, consider alternatives such as seeking out an organic co-op, CSA, farmers market or local farm.  Otherwise, you are left searching for organics that are over-priced and still fresh at one of the mega grocery stores.    There are, however, many fruits and vegetables that are historically sprayed with toxic insecticides that you should always seek to buy organic.   Look for these to be organic, local and in-season:

  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Imported Grapes
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Raspberries,
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

If you absolutely must buy non-organic, consider using a fruit and veggie wash to wash them.    You only have one body to live in.  Take good care of it!

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