Greener By The Minute: Go Organic, Even On A Budget

organic-food-farmers-marketsWant to switch to eating more organic food but think it is too expensive? You can go organic, even on a budget! We are here to give you some tips on how to do so.

Find a Local CSA

Community supported agriculture programs sometimes have a high price up front, but when you break it down you’re paying far less each week for organic produce. Some CSAs will even allow you to work on the farm in exchange for a reduced fee. Local Harvest is a great place to start, if you don’t know how to find a CSA in your area.

Visit the Farmer’s Market

You can also find farmers markets on Local Harvest, and this is another great way to score cheap, unpackaged organic produce. In fact, more and more farmers markets are accepting food stamps, making local, organic produce more accessible.

When you buy directly from a farmer, you’re cutting out all of those costs associated with shipping the produce and running a grocery store, and the prices for those veggies will reflect that. You can also try popping in close to the end of the day. The selection won’t be as good, but many times farmers will drop prices at the end of the day to get rid of remaining stock.

There are always local farmers markets, check out more information from Downtown Rochester’s Farmer’s Markets or look at your local city’s website to see if they have one.

Grow Your Own

Even if you have a small space, it’s possible to grow at least some of your own food. Vertical gardening is a great way to maximize food-growing space. If you’re looking for small space gardening inspiration, I highly recommend Urban Organic Gardener. Mike’s been growing his own food for years: first on his tiny NY fire escape and now on his LA balcony.

Maximize What You Have

A lot of the food we buy ends up wasted, and that’s essentially lost money. Try buying less at a time to minimize waste. If eating leftovers isn’t your favorite thing, look at some ways to revamp leftover food to make it last and ensure that nothing goes to waste. To stretch that food budget even further, you can even cook with food scraps!

Have you guys found other ways to make the most of a slim food budget? Share away in the comments!

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  1. I can only shake my head regarding other people’s food choices. Honestly, the majority of people just don’t have a clue. The only thing we can do is to live healthily ourselves and spread the word… all the while hoping that our stories and testimonies will inspire others to change their lives.

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