Buy Local

I buy mostly organic produce and love the idea of buying local. I am trying to buy more of my produce from the great farmer’s markets in town. I will let you know when and where a few of them are:

1. Orlando Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola Park: Every Sunday from 10 am-4 pm at Lake Eola
2. Winter Park Farmer’s Market: Every Saturday from 7 am-1 pm at the old train depot, located at 200 West New England Avenue
3. College Park Farmer’s Market: Every Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm at the parking lot of Infusion Tea on 1600 Edgewater Drive in College Park

College Park Farmer's Market

There is also a Homegrowncoop that is working on bringing more local produce to town and encouraging the movement to buy local. You can even get your organic produce delivered to you.

Another interesting thing I wanted to share is which foods you should buy organic. Not all produce actually needs to be organic.

Here are the dirty dozen (You want to buy these organic because they are the dirtiest when it comes to pesticides):
1. Peaches (the dirtiest)
2. Apples
3. Sweet Bell Peppers
4. Celery
5. Nectarines
6. Strawberries
7. Cherries
8. Lettuce
9. Grapes
10. Pears
11. Spinach
12. Potatoes

Here are the 12 cleanest and lowest in pesticides:
1. Onions (the cleanest)
2. Avocado
3. Sweet Corn
4. Pineapples
5. Mango
6. Sweet Peas
7. Asparagus
8. Kiwi
9. Bananas
10. Cabbage
11. Broccoli
12. Eggplant

It is also important to purchase organic milk and butter and lean, organic, and grass-fed meats when possible.

Hope you learned something new and remember to buy local!

Be Sociable, Share!