Well things are winding down in the vegie patch...I guess when you run away to holiday for 5 weeks you can't expect your garden to look after itself! I also didn't plant much in preparation for Winter knowing that we'd be away for a lot of it. So we took ourselves to CERES (one of my favourite places) for a bit of an organic vegie shop.
Buying organic can be a very expensive exercise and there is so much debate on whether or not it makes a difference to your health. I'm certain that it does - I'm positive anyway that ingesting endless amounts of pesticide isn't good for you - and I like organic farming practices and how much kinder they are to the earth.
I love foraging through farmers markets or looking in my CERES fair food box on weeks where I don't get time to go to market. I've ordered from Organic Angels too - but really the best way to eat organic is to grow it yourself. I'm looking forward to warmer weather so I can get right in with the planting! My garden isn't very productive right now.
My garden is looking like this at the moment:
Harvesting fennel for the first time!
Look at lovely Mr Buzzy Bee with knees laden with pollen! Love seeing bees in Winter.
Not much of a harvest...
The Environmental Working Group has published their guide to the dozen fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residue - and a list of the lowest. Farmgirl shared a fantastic link referencing the same research here: http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/dirty-dozen-foods#fbIndex1
The Dirty Dozen, or list of twelve fruits/vegetables with highest pesticide residue are:
Apples, Celery, Strawberries, Peaches, Spinach, Nectarines, Grapes, Capsicum, Potatoes, Blueberries, Lettuce, Kale
Luckily we grow most of the 'dirty dozen' ourselves...although I never get a whiff of the strawberries between Master Bok (2) and the Bok Flock. And I only grow kale for the chooks because I don't like the stuff myself! Perhaps I'm cooking it wrong? Same with brussel sprouts - I only grow them because they are so fascinating to watch develop, but I hate eating them! <guilty> I tend to just give them away!
The research reveals that the vegetables and fruit that tend to have the lowest chemical residue or are the 'cleanest' are:
Onions, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Avocado, Asparagus, Sweet peas, Mango, Eggplant, Cantaloupe (domestic), Kiwi, Cabbage, Watermelon, Sweet Potatoes, Grapefruit, Mushrooms
Some of the things on the list surprised me.
I guess my bank balance will continue to look unhealthy and I'll have to keep working full time until our garden becomes more productive! Until then I'll continue to buy organic where we can afford to.
Most of you probably only ever eat from your own gardens going on the amazing produce you display on your blogs...but for those of you whose gardens are less productive like mine...do you buy organic...?
p.s. The girls seem happy in their new abode but the fox has been back...signs of digging each morning...argh!