Going organic could be one of your new year resolutions, but can you go organic without breaking the bank?
We at organicpassion.info are happy to show you how to go organic and we want to make sure you get the most for your money. Here’s how:
1. Mail Order
Some organic farmers sell their meat direct to the customer so you know exactly where it has come from. Buy in bulk and freeze. Organic fruit and vegetables deteriorates quickly because they are not sprayed with preservatives. Chilling often helps prolong freshness. 🙂 Here are some storage tips:
* Lettuce, spinach and other leafy vegetables – break off the leaves, wash or soak in cold water as soon as possible, dry and store in plastic bags in the fridge.
* Potatoes and onions – store in a cool ,dark cupboard
* Avocados and apples – keep out of direct sunlight
* Bananas – keep away from other fruits and vegetables as they release a chemical that speeds the ripening process. Never refrigerate.
2. Farm shops
Farmers sell their own produce directly from the farm, thus minusing the middleman cost. Therefore, produce maybe marginally cheaper than in a supermarket. Otheri items such as apple juice, milk, eggs, poultry and meat may also be on offer.
3. Farmer’s markets
Local organic farmers bring their goods to the weekly market to sell directly to you. Preference is given to organic producers and those committed to sustainable farming practices. Prices are similar to buying direct from a farm shop. There’re a good place to find organic herbs, jams, pickles, cheeses, and yogurts.
4. Create your own co-operative
Get together with a group of neighbours or friends and share the cost of bulk-buying foods such as rice, nuts, lentils and flour.
5. Grow your own
If you have a garden, then it’s cheapest and most rewarding way to enjoy organic crops of potatoes, strawberries, rhubarb and so on.
Valerie Mae is a natural and organic beauty and wellness practitioner. She is part of the Organic Passion team that are dedicated in educating people on the benefits of eliminating chemicals and adopting a natural and organic lifestyle. Read more about their organic findings at http://www.organicpassion.info