This is my hopeful solution to the high price of one type of organic produce. This may be the first plant I ever bought and it was an impulse buy as I left the supermarket.
I’ve been trying to buy organic as much as possible even if it costs more. Then I discovered that some conventionally raised vegetables retain more pesticides than others, so I should be selective as to how I spend my money.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG.org) for 2012:
The “Dirty Dozen” are:
Apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines (imported), grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, blueberries, potatoes
While the “Clean Fifteen” include:
Onions, sweet corn, pineapple, avocado, cabbage, sweet peas, asparagus, mango, eggplant, kiwi, cantaloupe (domestic), sweet potatoes, grapefruit, watermelon, mushrooms
We eat a lot of peppers – all colors, so the fact that they appear as #3 on the “bad” list was distressing to me. I don’t have a lot of organic options around here so when I did see organic peppers offered at our supermarket, they were $3 each.
As I was leaving the store, there were pepper plants for sale for $3 each. I took this sign to be a “sign” and I bought one.
DH is growing peppers from seed. This is my contribution to the cause. Of course by the time our plants produce peppers the cost in the store is likely to be much less. We’ll just have to see how it works out.