Top 5 Ways to Go Organic This 2007 Without Breaking the Bank

[tag]Going organic[/tag] could be one of your [tag]new year resolutions[/tag] for 2007, but can you go organic without breaking the bank?

We at organicpassion.info are happy to show you how to go organic and we want to make sure you get the most for your money. Here’s how:

1. Mail Order

Some organic farmers sell their meat direct to the customer so you know exactly where it has come from. Buy in bulk and freeze. Organic fruit and vegetables deteriorates quickly because they are not sprayed with preservatives. Chilling often helps prolong freshness. :) Here are some [tag]storage tips[/tag]:

  • Lettuce, spinach and other leafy vegetables – break off the leaves, wash or soak in cold water as soon as possible, dry and store in plastic bags in the fridge.
  • Potatoes and onions – store in a cool ,dark cupboard
  • Avocados and apples – keep out of direct sunlight
  • Bananas - keep away from other fruits and vegetables as they release a chemical that speeds the ripening process. Never refrigerate.

2. Farm shops

Famers sell their own produce directly from the farm, thus minusing the middleman cost. Therefore, produce maybe marginally cheaper than in a supermarket. Otheri items such as apple juice, milk, eggs, poultry and meat may also be on offer.

3. Farmer’s markets

Local organic farmers bring their goods to the weekly market to sell directly to you. Preference is given to organic producers and those committed to sustainable farming practices. Prices are similar to buying direct from a farm shop. There’re a good place to find organic herbs, jams, pickles, cheeses, and yoghurts.

4. Create your own co-operative

Get together with a group of neighbours or friends and share the cost of bulk-buying foods such as rice, nuts, lentils and flour.

5. Grow your own

If you have a garden, then it’s cheapest and most rewarding way to enjoy organic crops of potatoes, strawberries, rhubarb and so on.

Useful Links:

US: Local Harvest – public nationwide directory of small farms, [tag]farmers markets[/tag], and other local food sources.

Canada: The Organic Grocer – an award winning, Certified Organic,Natural Food store in Surrey BC

NZ: Seven Fields Organic – Christchurch’s ONLY certified [tag]organic grocer[/tag]

Australia: theOrganicGrocer – Certified Organic Food Delivered to your Door Sydneywide

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