As a mom, I try and buy organic produce whenever I can at the grocery store – it’s the least that I can do to keep my children safe from pesticides. If fresh strawberries aren’t in season (i.e. – $6 for a pint), go with frozen organic strawberries. I also like to get my fruits and vegetables from farmers markets. A lot of farms here in California still aren’t certified organic but they don’t use pesticides. They may be on their way to becoming certified, but because they aren’t they can’t use the “organic” label on their produce. Ask around!
Another trick I’ve learned to saving money on organic produce is to find the farmer’s market that is on their last leg of their tour before heading back to the farm. Most farms do a tour of cities before heading back and on their last stop, in the last hour, they usually discount their fruits and veggies dirt cheap. The one that I go to hands you a grocery bag and for $5, I can fill it up with all the fruit and veggies that I can carry. Trust me – they don’t want to take it back home!
I’m also thinking about rejoining our local farming co-op for organic fruits and veggies. The only drawback is that you don’t get to choose your produce. I was part of an organic co-op years ago but stopped because I didn’t like getting a ton of kale, arugula, beets, and whatever else was being harvested that week. But, I’ve found people that like these items so we can always do a trade for things that they don’t like.
Take a look at this infographic that I found on the danger of pesticides. Unfortunately, the pesticides used on our produce kills more that just bugs. Pretty eye opening isn’t it?