Organic food is often more expensive than conventionally grown food. But, if you set some priorities, it may be possible to purchase organic food and stay within your food budget. Purchase the organic versions of the foods you eat the most and those that are highest in pesticides, if conventionally grown. Think beyond the grocery store.
Here are 3 Tips for keeping the cost of Organic food within your budget.
1. Shop at farmers’ markets. Many cities, as well as small towns, host a weekly farmer’s market, where local farmers bring their wares to an open-air street market and sell fresh produce direct to you. We are part of the Wellness Rising, click here for more info. Often you will find items for less than you’d pay at the grocery store or supermarket.
Bonus: it’s a great opportunity to socialize and get to know like-minded people in your neighborhood who might want to join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm or start a buying club with you.
2.Join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, in which individuals and families join up to purchase “shares” of produce in bulk, directly from a local farm. Local and organic!
3. Join a food co-op. Find out whether there is a natural foods co-op, also called a cooperative grocery store, in your area. Co-ops typically offer lower prices to members, who pay an annual fee to belong. However, you do not need to be a member to shop at a food co-op.
Here are 3 buying tips for Organic food:
1.Buy in season – Fruits and vegetables are cheapest and freshest when they are in season. You can also find out when produce is delivered to your market. That the way you know you’re buying the freshest food possible.
2.Shop around – Compare the price of organic items at the grocery store, the farmer’s market, and any other venue (even the freezer aisle!). Purchase the most economical ones.
3.Remember that organic doesn’t always equal healthy – Junk food can just as easily be made using organic ingredients. Making junk food sound healthy is a common marketing ploy in the food industry, but organic baked goods, desserts, and snacks are usually still very high in sugar, salt, fat, or calories.
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