Our goal here at the Neighborhood Food Network is to help people to start growing more of their own food. But depending on the size of your garden and what you want to grow, you will still need to buy some of your produce at the farmers market or grocery store. We always want everyone to buy all organic produce because it’s the most nutrient-dense and contains the least about of pesticides, but if your budget won’t allow this, you may need to buy some “conventional” produce.
Each year, the Environmental Working Group comes out with their “Clean 15” list of items you may buy that are not organic and their “Dirty Dozen” – items that we recommend you always get organic. The EWG has a handy shopping guide you can download here.
*While we are glad that the Environmental Working Group puts out this list, we would like to specify that there are some items on the Clean Fifteen list that we do not agree with. There are several types of sweet corn and papaya that are now GMO (genetically modified) and it’s not easy to tell which strain you are purchasing in the store, so we suggest that you only purchase organic.
(may be GMO)