Let’s face it: eating organic isn’t always easy. It can be difficult to find organic produce and, when you do, it can be so costly that it simply doesn’t fit into your grocery budget. If you are interested in introducing more organic foods into your diet, and into the diet of your children, continue reading! Here are some great ways to get more “green” onto your table:
Not only does shopping at the farmer’s market support the local economy but it’s also often a source of more affordable organic produce. While your choices may be more limited depending on where you live and what’s in season, your choices will undoubtedly be healthier ones. Organic produce is grown without harmful chemicals and pesticides, which means that you won’t be introducing these toxins into your body.
Join a Co-Op
If you don’t have the benefit of having a farmer’s market close by, look for a co-op that you can join. Co-ops often buy a large batch of organic produce with combined funds and then split the order. Co-ops are another great way to introduce organic produce to your children but again, your options may be limited depending on the type of produce that is currently in season.
If you have a farmer’s market or can join a co-op, it would be in your best interest to learn how to can. Canning isn’t difficult but it can take the better part of a day to complete. Depending on the amount of food you have to can, you may even find that it turns into a weekend project. Most vegetables can quite readily and those that don’t can be frozen instead. Just think about how nice it will be to have a fresh batch of green beans on your table in the middle of winter!
Grow Your Own
If you’ve got a backyard that has sufficient space in which to grow a garden, why not learn how to grow organic produce for yourself? What you grow is totally up to you! There are tons of books that can teach you how to garden organically and your entire family can reap the rewards of your labor. Start off small while you are learning; you’ll always have next year to expand your garden.
If you don’t have a backyard, consider planting a container garden. Container gardens are great for those with very limited space like a deck or balcony. Even apartment dwellers can grow organic produce if they put their mind to it!
Have it Delivered
There are many services that will deliver organic produce right to your door! Many of these delivery services will charge you the same prices that you’ll find at your local markets with the addition of a small delivery fee. This can be a fantastic way to get organic produce on your table.
Don’t Stop at Produce
You can find organic meat, eggs and dairy products in the aisles of your local grocery store. Look for the “certified organic” label and you can be sure that these foods have not been artificially enhanced. Food animals are often fed large doses of steroids, hormones and antibiotics throughout their lives. By purchasing foods that are certified organic, you can be sure that you won’t be introducing these chemicals to your children’s bodies.
Introducing organic foods to your family doesn’t have to be burdensome. Look for budget-friendly, convenient options for adding more green into your diet. You’ll soon find the health of your family is much improved by this nutrient-rich, toxin-free way of eating.