The Dirty Dozen - Eating Pesticides

Knowing who grows your food, where it comes from and how far it has traveled is important.  If you buy food not in season, you can be certain that it has traveled and has some oil-based miles on it as
some loss in nutritional value.

You become what you eat and if you don't know about your food and the hands and farming practices from which your food has come, there's a possibility that you might be in for some serious health issues in the future.

Just about everywhere you turn you hear about buying organic and buying local.  Farmers' markets are springing up every where and of course, as farmers, we are excited.  We love our farmer's market.  It's given us the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people - those who faithfully buy our produce and other vendors that we get the privilege of working along side with.

To us, organic is so important.  Our farming practices are organic and we adhere to practices stated here with Certified Naturally Grown and just today The Simple Farm became accepted by them.  All this to say that just because someone touts their produce as organic doesn't necessarily mean it is.  Recently, California Farmers' Markets have been in the news with those they are calling the 'cheaters.' Read more here . . .


If you're not trying to buy all organic then at least know which foods REALLY should be organic because of the amount of pesticides on them.   If you are buying these "dirty" foods, it would be wise to buy organic. Of the dozen "cleanest" foods, it is the least necessary to buy organic. In the tests all the items were washed or peeled normally before testing. If you want to learn more, you can visit http://www.foodnews.org/


The dirty dozen--the most pesticides
Peaches
Apples
Sweet bell peppers
Celery
Nectarines
Strawberries
Cherries
Lettuce
Spinach
Imported grapes
Pears
Potatoes


The cleanest--the least pesticides
Onions
Avocados
Mangoes
Asparagus
Bananas
Cabbage
Broccoli
Papaya
Frozen sweet corn
Frozen sweet peas
Pineapples
Kiwi