Buying Organic and Saving $$

I’m always looking for ways to stretch my dollars a little farther…  I am pausing on my organic produce co-op for now because I’ve found that I wasn’t using all the produce 🙁  and that a lot of what we were getting, I didn’t NEED to buy organic.  I’m going to go back to picking and choosing…and fitting in that extra trip to Whole Foods/Central Market/Kroger to get organic produce.

Helpful lists abound online about which produce to buy organic and which ones are ok to buy the regular version.  Here’s a list from

15 Most Contaminated Fruits and Veggies

  1. Peach
  2. Apple
  3. Sweet Bell Pepper
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarine
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Kale
  9. Lettuce
  10.  Grapes – Imported
  11.  Carrot
  12.  Pear
  13.  Collard Greens
  14.  Spinach
  15.  Potato
SixWise shares that peaches and apples can have up to nine pesticides detected on a single sample.  YUCK!!   Strawberries and grapes had 8.

Top 15 “Cleanest” Produce – these are ok to buy non-organic
    1. Onion


  • Avocado
  • Sweet corn (frozen)
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Papaya
  • Watermelon
  • Broccoli
  • Tomato
  • Sweet potato



Visit to learn more about cleaning veggies to remove pesticides.