6 affordable ways to eat organic

05/13/2014 7:02 PM

05/13/2014 7:03 PM

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 HealthESavers.com and MamboSprouts.com. 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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