Friday, May 27, 2011

Buying Organic and Saving $$

I'm always looking for ways to stretch my dollars a little farther...  I am pausing on my organic produce co-op for now because I've found that I wasn't using all the produce :(  and that a lot of what we were getting, I didn't NEED to buy organic.  I'm going to go back to picking and choosing...and fitting in that extra trip to Whole Foods/Central Market/Kroger to get organic produce.

Helpful lists abound online about which produce to buy organic and which ones are ok to buy the regular version.  Here's a list from

15 Most Contaminated Fruits and Veggies

  1. Peach           
  2. Apple
  3. Sweet Bell Pepper
  4. Celery           
  5. Nectarine
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries        
  8. Kale   
  9. Lettuce          
  10.  Grapes - Imported  
  11.  Carrot           
  12.  Pear  
  13.  Collard Greens       
  14.  Spinach
  15.  Potato
SixWise shares that peaches and apples can have up to nine pesticides detected on a single sample.  YUCK!!   Strawberries and grapes had 8.

Top 15 "Cleanest" Produce - these are ok to buy non-organic

  1. Onion
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet corn (frozen)
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mango
  6. Asparagus
  7. Sweet peas (frozen)
  8. Kiwi
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Papaya
  12. Watermelon
  13. Broccoli
  14. Tomato
  15. Sweet potato
Visit to learn more about cleaning veggies to remove pesticides.

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