These ideas can help you make the most of your organic food purchase:
- Buy fruits and vegetables in season to ensure the highest quality. Also, try to buy your produce the day it's delivered to market to ensure that you're buying the freshest food possible. Ask your grocer what day new produce arrives.
- Read food labels carefully. Just because a product says it contains organic ingredients doesn't mean it's a healthier alternative. Some organic products may still be high in sugar, salt, fat or calories.
- Don't confuse natural foods with organic foods. Only products with the "USDA Organic" label have met USDA standards.
- Buy organic food at farmers markets when you can. Not only is this a great way to buy organic food that's in season, but you get to talk to farmers directly about how the food is grown.