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6 affordable ways to eat organic

By Tara McAlister
Tara McAlister
Tara McAlister is's Deal Diva, giving you loads of easy tips to save money.
    Cherry tomatoes are among the produce items with the most pesticides.

Here are a few tips on how to go organic without busting your budget:

• Shop the farmers market for locally grown meats and produce. You’ll often find better prices than at the grocery store.

• Visit the websites and Facebook pages of companies such as and Sign up for newsletters and find printable coupons.

• With good soil, seeds and some tender love and care, you can grow your own produce. Visit your local gardening center or hardware store for tips to get started.

• Take advantage of abundant produce when it is in season. Strawberries will soon be at their peak, so buy some and make strawberry jelly. Or flash-freeze them (freeze on a cookie sheet for a couple of hours and store) for future recipes.

• Buy only what’s in season; it’s abundant and therefore cheaper.

• Don’t buy everything organic. Focus on the Dirty Dozen produce that tends to have the most pesticides: apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, nectarines (imported), cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, snap peas (imported) and potatoes.


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