The consistent message is out there- eat organic! That isn’t as easy of a transition as it sounds. Do you make the time to add the farmers market to your list of weekly activities? Maybe try your hand at gardening? Maybe you’ll just shop the organic section at your local grocery store. However, when you find yourself in the store with a budget, buying exclusively organic can get expensive quickly.

How do you decide which items to purchase organic and which are okay to purchase from conventional farms. Does it matter? This is about the time most people’s heads begin to spin and they say forget it and shop the way they’ve always shopped. To be honest, for some people venturing into the produce side of the market is completely foreign and overwhelming and they skip it all together.

There is more to a shopping trip and produce selection than meets the eye. What do you do with Kale once you have it home? It’s a bit tough, and a bit tart. Sitting down with some stalks of kale and turning it into a delicious salad or side can be a lot more intimidating than many eye popping recipes appear.

Where to Start?

My first recommendation is printing off the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen list from the Environmental Working Group, which was updated in 2017.  Anything on the Dirty Dozen list should be your top priority in purchasing organic, whether it’s a traditional grocery store, farmers market, or a market that caters to whole locally sourced foods. The Clean 15 are the least contaminated items from conventional farming methods.  A little tip about going to the farmers market, ask the vendors what their favorite dish for a particular vegetable or fruit is and how they make it. You’ll get some fabulous easy tips for preparation and suggestions on good food pairings.  Having a colorful rich mix of fruits and vegetables is integral for your body to obtain the variety of nutrients and minerals for optimal health.

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https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/clean_fifteen_list.php and https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty_dozen_list.php .