Your Local Farmer’s Market & When to Go Organic . . .

Summer is so short for those in the northern, east and midwest sections of the country.  Enjoy every minute of it!  This includes what you eat, and how you shop for your food.

Make it an event and attend your local Farmer’s Market.

How do you know when to go organic?  Whenever possible!  However, many people cannot afford to buy all organic all the time. But you don’t have to buy all organic produce to reduce your risk for chemical contamination. This list from the Environmental Working Group tells you which fruits and vegetables contain the most chemicals and which ones are least contaminated. Use it when shopping to help make the best choices for you and your family – even if you cannot buy entirely organic foods.

Most and Least Contaminated Produce

12 Most Contaminated

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

12 Least Contaminated

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (Frozen)
  • Pineapples
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya

Source: Environmental Working Group, © Integrative Nutrition