What to buy organic

Buying organic fruits and vegetables is very attractive: one pays a bit more for tasty, more nutritious foods without the chemicals and pesticides. However, organic produce can cost an average of 50 to 100% more than other products.

While it is a great idea to buy 100% organic foods, it is more likely that a buyer will have to make choices about which organic foods to purchase. Below is a simple list that can help a buyer in the produce section of a grocery store.

A study from Consumer Reports highlights those fruits and vegetables which retain the most chemical residue and therefore should be purchased organic. Others with tougher skins are less susceptible to being penetrated with chemicals. So, it is worth it to spend a little extra to stay natural when buying certain foods, while spending more cash on others is less important.

Worth the Money Less Vulnerable to Pesticides
Apples
Bell Peppers
Celery
Cherries
Spinach
Strawberries
Imported Grapes
Nectarines
Peaches
Pears
Potatoes
Red Raspberries
Asparagus
Avocados
Bananas
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Sweet Corn
Kiwi
Mangoes
Onions
Papaya
Pineapples
Sweet Peas

Heading to a local farmers’ market in the square on a lunch break or on the weekend is a great choice for saving money, getting the freshest food and supporting local agriculture. These vendors tend to do away with the premiums that grocery stores charge.