Buying organic is one easy way to start the transition to a healthy diet, but organic food can sometimes be more expensive than conventional.  If you are worried that organic food might be out of your budget, below, we have listed 3 ways you can save money while still buying organic/local produce:

  1. Buy only the foods on the "Dirty Dozen" list organic.  The foods on this list have been shown to hold on to the highest levels of pesticide residue.  By opting to purchase them as organic, you will be reducing your family's exposure to these toxic chemicals.  According to the Environmental Working Group, the Dirty Dozen are as follows:  apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, nectarines, cucumbers, tomatoes, peas, potatoes, hot peppers, and kale/collard greens.
  2. Find out the food that your family eats most, and start to purchase the organic option of that food.  For example, if your family eats apples every day, begin to buy apples organic and other fruits conventional.
  3. Take a good look at your food budget.  If the majority of your grocery bill is spent on pre-made/pre-packaged foods?  If so, save more money by preparing meals at home with organic brown rice, grass fed meats, and organic produce.

At the Co-op, we are committed to making local, sustainable, and healthy foods more easily accessible.  It is for this reason that we are currently in the process of becoming SNAP certified.  By accepting the SNAP card, more households will be able to shop at our store and have easier access to fresh, local foods.

PBS Educational Video True Cost Accounting: The Real Cost of Cheap Food