When you like to eat organic, sometimes you can get funny looks that say, “You must spend an incredible amount of money on your food!”
Well, there is also a price to pay for our health if we don’t consider what’s lining the isles of our supermarkets, and I’d rather go the extra mile and see my family live well. Do we have to spend a lot of money? I find we don’t always have to with a little bit of time invested in our shopping and cooking.
I know now what nutritious whole foods should be the base of our diet and I know what I don’t want in our diet (msg, refined sugars, genetically modified foods). I now know the basics I need, a variety of whole grains, natural sweeteners, oils and spices for healthy tasty recipes. What I’ve been doing lately is comparing prices on these items in bulk. Costco, Azure (an online co-op) and Two Ee’s Market are good places to shop around for bulk whole foods, and Trader Joe’s for excellent priced gluten free and organic products. I look for discounted organic dairy and load up my freezer. I buy eggs from a local farm, and meat from a farm/butcher where I can get cheap bones to make broth for tasty soups and sauces ( this site explains some of the reasons why). And I try to buy in season produce from farm markets (and you can have fun growing your own!). You can even have recipe lists for different seasons to make it more convenient.
There are also certain foods that are a priority for me to get organic, and other things don’t matter as much. The dirty dozen tell me the produce I really want to buy organic. Meat and dairy products are best organic or free range as well (you are eating what they are eating). Most framers go for cheap genetically modified grain feeds rather than allowing them to be pasture fed, which is what gives us nutrition in our meat products. I only buy organic corn or soy products, and anything with “sugar” in the list of ingredients, because they are almost always GMO (genetically modified) otherwise. Sure, other items I shop for are great from the organic isle, but the cost on our health might not be so high.
So that’s is a brief look at my findings on how affordable organic/non GMO eating can be done (if you don’t have land for farming)… I hope to try make some more box planters at my parents place this year though! They are things I try to do, without success many times, but feeding a family is definitely a learning process! Hope to share more in the future!