Shopping organic, on a budget
Did you know that eating organic food averages 25% more nutritional value and about 1/3 more cancer-fighting antioxidants?
Buying organic means a far more humane treatment of farm animals, also avoiding growth hormones & antibiotics. As we know, the barriers for people buying organic usually comes down to cost ~ especially when you're shopping for a family, and even more so, a family on 1 income!
Rosemary in my garden
Here are my tips for buying organic at an affordable price:
- Shop organic at a farmers’ market. Visit www.farmersmarkets.org.au to help you find your local market.
- I shop at Paddy's Markets in the city and spend $60 per week on fruit and veg (that comes to 2 trolley loads & a market bag!). For this price, I can buy more than enough for the week for 4 people, plus $3 parking. I still come out ahead!
Some greens from Paddy's Markets approx $5 worth in this pic (inc the spinach to the right of the shot)
- Form a co-op and buy in bulk.
- I have a group of friends that do this and take it in turns driving out to Flemington Markets. This costs them $50 per fortnight with fruit & veg to last a family of 4!
- Grow it yourself. I grow all my herbs, tomatoes and have citrus trees (lemon, lime, mandarin and oranges)
A mixture of limes, lemons, 1 orange & mandarines from the citrus trees out the back.
2 weeks of pickings. Still so much more to come!
The citrus trees are planted in pots, in inner Sydney.
- Buy in season. At the moment, this includes ….
Spend money on your food bill, not your doctors bill. You've all heard that saying before ~ well, live by it!
Lemon Thyme out the back