When you are on a budget – but still wanting to buy local and organic products for you family, budgets can get pretty tight pretty fast. Some weeks there just isn’t enough to buy everything you want organically and other times it’s a choice between what is organic and what is local (depending on where you are shopping and the time of year). To help you out, here is a list of the Top 12 Fruits and Veggies that you should buy organic – and the Top 12 Fruits and Veggies that, while nice to buy organic it is ok if you buy traditionally farmed.**

Fruit And Veggies To Buy Organic
1. Celery
2. Nectarines
3. Apples
4. Peaches
5. Pears
6. Bell Peppers
7. Cherries and raspberries
8. Strawberries
9. Potatoes
10. Spinach
11. Lettuce
12. Carrots

A good rule of thumb is that it is good to buy produce that is organic if you are going to be eating the skin of the fruit or vegetable – pesticides are applied directly to the part of the produce you will be ingesting and even washing may not eliminate all of it. Though a good tip is to add 1 TBSP of white vinegar to a sink full of water that you plan to wash your fruit or veg in. Let it sit for a couple of minutes in the water and vinegar mixture, rinse then dry before eating. Wash all of your fruit and veg before putting it into your fridge so that you can have it ready to go when you need it.

Fruit And Veg It Is Less Necessary To Buy Organically – But Still Great To, If Your Budget Allows
1. Onion
2. Avocado
3. Corn
4. Pineapple
5. Asparagus
6. Sweet peas
7. Cabbage
8. Eggplant
9. Watermelon
10. Broccoli
11. Tomato
12. Sweet potato

** Information based on articles from About.com & Sixwise.com

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