When I'm at the farmers' market, I'm like a kid in the candy store, especially at this time of year.
As summer greets us with all its delicious bounty, I wanted to share a short list of the seasonal produce that ranks highest in pesticides according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Minimize your exposure to bug- and weed-killers(!) by buying organic versions of the following summer treats.
- Berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
- Stone fruits: peaches, nectarines, plums
- Greens: spinach, kale, lettuce, collards
- Peppers: bell peppers, hot peppers
- Summer squash
- Snap peas
Note: As the certification process is expensive, some farmers choose not to become certified yet still use organic growing methods. Also, "natural" doesn't necessarily mean pesticide- or fertilizer-free. Never assume; always ask!
To Eating Clean!