Free up more dollars for organic food by trimming the fat from your conventional food budget. Add up all the dollars you spend every month on food, including fast food meals, morning cups of coffee, bagels and even trips to vending machines. A small change in your eating habits could free up the money you need to buy the organic foods that you really want.
2. Ease into organic.
Begin the transition to organic eating with some of your favorite foods. Pick a product or two that you decide you really notice a difference in taste and that really excites you. Families with young children may want to start by buying organic baby food and dairy products. If you’re concerned about pesticides, you may want to substitute organic foods for conventional foods with the highest levels of pesticide residues. These include apples, apricots, peaches, pears, red raspberries, strawberries, spinach, peppers, celery and potatoes.
3. Shop at farmers’ markets.
Farmers’ markets are great sources of fresh local produce. A just-picked tomato from a local farm tastes better than a tomato that’s traveled thousands of miles before reaching a supermarket shelf. It’s going to be cheaper and fresher at a farmers’ market. If you don’t see a sign saying the produce is organic, be sure to ask. Some farmers may be making the transition to organic farming. The key to landing good deals at farmers’ markets is to ask lots of questions. Ask about seconds — perfectly tasty but misshapen produce that you may be able to buy at a discount. Ask about discounts for buying in bulk. Ask how you can buy their produce when the market is closed.
4. Bulk up on in season items.
The absolute best time to buy an organic fruit or vegetable is at the peak of its growing season. As the season progresses there’s more produce and the price has a tendency to shift downward, sometimes dramatically. That’s the best time to buy. And that’s the best time to buy big. Load up on all your favorite organic fruits and veggies at dirt-cheap prices.