The goal is always healthier choices without the heftier prices, right? Well, I achieved this and I wanted to share how I’m able too eat organic at a low cost.
- Value Chain Grocers
I turned to an affordable grocer that I’ve always looked to for saving some coins: Aldi (Aldi South). This market has been really working hard to add more organic products to their offering and have banned quite a few pesticides. Another option is Aldi’s sister store, Trader Joe’s (Aldi North). This market prides itself with its large organic selections. These two are money savers.
I thought I was out of the toxic-produce woods with all the organic options available at these spots until I heard about the dirty dozen list.
What are the dirty dozen? These are foods that probably be better for you if you buy them organic. These foods usually have then skins or mainly leaves that tend to absorb the chemicals easier when they are sprayed. The list includes; strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, and potatoes. This list is helpful because if I only buy these foods organic, that really helps with the grocery bill.
The rest of my produce is typically non-organic. I just have to remember to especially wash those non-organic veggies. The pesticides and chemicals used on them are way more highly toxic to your body.
2. Farmers Markets
Another option for finding organic produce at a value includes farmer’s markets. Shopping local is so important for each regional economy and helps ensure freshness. Plus, these markets usually have a wide variety of foods to select from.
For those of you who still eat meat, some even have meat products from grass-feed animals who weren’t subjected to cruelty.
In St. Louis, Missouri, there are several that make buying organic groceries feel so effortless and affordable. Also, a lot of farmer’s markets have live music and other vendors selling their wares, making the experience so much fun!
3. Growing at Home
Something I decided to do was grow my own. I’ve been growing whatever is in season for some years now.
I don’t grow everything but some of those dirty dozen foods are not that hard to grow. Zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, spinach, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens…
You name it! (JK)
Just look at that Zucchini in the picture, only compost was used to fertilize THAT. And seriously, you can grow all year long with the right set up. I know, It’s not for everyone but, it helps me keep my costs down.
I even grow indoors using a hydroponic gardening system. But we’ll get to that some other time.
Truly, organic is the way to go! The body doesn’t need all those extra toxins to deal with on top of air pollution and God knows what else. I hope these three options (value chain grocers, farmer’s markets and home growing) help you stay healthy and keep some money in your pocket.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow my journey on IG: @teatimewithmemaw!