Would you pay $2 for one apple?

I did. I usually have a buy-first-ask-questions-later policy when it comes to shopping organic. After all, how can you put a price tag on health? But with rising food costs, the disappearance of honey bees and a Cavendish blight that threatens to do to the banana industry what happened to the potato crop in Ireland in the 1800s, food security of produce is on shaky and nutrient depleted ground.


I now pay closer attention to my food bill and am learning to do with less or do without. In Canada, mangos, kiwis and papayas are not meant to be available in great abundance year-round. They are simply luxury items we have been given access to…for now. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your shop.

Budget-friendly and health-sensible tips for buying organic produce:

  • Buy local.
  • Buy in season.
  • Manage food waste: freeze, purée, bake or cook it but don’t throw it out.
  • Buy organic offerings of the dirty dozen if you are unable to buy everything organic.


  • Be adventurous. If you aren’t able to get your favourite/preferred food, try something different. Variety is the spice of life and food.

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