There’s no doubt about it organic food is not only good for you but it tastes better too. Whenever I can I try to squeeze in as much organic and natural food into my budget as I can. Sometimes it’s tough but here are some things that I’ve found work-
Grow Your Own
Last year and this year I’m planning on growing some organic vegetables like tomatoes. The seeds don’t cost much more than regular seeds. One place to check out is Seeds of Change which offer both seeds and live plants
Farmer’s markets are already open in some parts of the country and in others, opening soon. They cut out the middle man which always means savings to you. Lots of organic farmers take their produce to farmer’s markets and if you buy in bulk and share it with a few friends, the savings can really add up.
Pick Your Own
A fun day out for the whole family is visiting a pick your own farm. Some are organic and for a little work, you can net big savings on organic fruits like strawberries, raspberries and apples.http://pickyourown.org/
The Dirty Dozen
If money’s tight buy organic produce in the Dirty Dozen category and not the cleaner produce. Check out this list http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/
No not another forensic show but Community Supported Agriculture. This year we’ve signed up for the first time. We’ve bought shares in a local farm and for that share we get a box of organic produce (fruit, herbs and vegetables) for 20 weeks. The cost per day to feed three people is just $1.16 and I know I couldn’t beat that price at the supermarket or co-op. I think it’s going to be fun too because each week the box will contain different produce. I’m looking forward to planning meals around what I receive rather than what recipes I want to make.
Earth Day and Other Green Events
Earth Day is next month which means promotions on all things green including organic foods. It will be a great time to stock up. I either freeze or dry anything that I can’t use straight away.
I’m no longer a member of a warehouse store but when I was one of my favorite buys was the organic produce. Large containers of things like field greens that were half the price of the same thing at the grocery store. If you can’t use everything try sharing the cost with a friend or co-worker.
Co-ops were selling organic foods long before supermarkets and they still have some of the best buys. Look for things like bags of apples, oranges and pears because that’s where I’ve usually found the best deals.
Make Organic the Star of the Meal
One way to justify buying organic produce is to forgo something more expensive like meat and make a vegetable focused dish like a curry or stir-fry.