When & Why to Buy Organic

Navigating today's grocery stores, no matter where you live, can be a challenge. Often, you may find yourself in the produce section debating between the organic apples at $2.00/lb and the conventionally grown apples at $0.89/lb and really wonder where your dollars should be going.

Paying attention to when and why to buy organic will help guide you through these everyday food decisions, and help you keep your family healthier and your pocketbook fatter.

Right-click and print out the above cheat sheet for your next trip to the grocery store. These "Dirty Dozen" of fruits and vegetables (on the left) are produce that frequently receive the highest amounts of pesticides, which easily transfer from the field to your dinner plate. Avoid them if they are not labeled certified organic. On the right is a list of produce that typically receive lower amounts of pesticides and are OK to purchase if not organic. What a savings that can be!

Now, of course we want everyone to eat organic all the time, but we know that's not always feasible. Use this info wisely on your next grocery trip and we hope it helps you navigate the produce section effectively.