The Dirty Dozen- Works For Me Wednesday


Can I just tell you how happy I am that seasonal fruit and veggies are back? My CSA starts tomorrow, I am planning on heading to the Farmer’s Market this weekend and some teeny tiny tomatoes are appearing in my garden.

We really suffer in the winter in Michigan. And I am not just referring to the freezing temperatures and the impossible amounts of snow. We have months were good produce is impossible to find. We try really hard to eat seasonally and organically with our produce but living in Michigan that would mean not eating fruit most of the year.

So we get product at the grocery store during the winter months and do our best to buy the highest quality we can find. Sometimes that means organic, but as we all know, organic is expensive. So I chose what foods I buy organic based on “The Dirty Dozen.”

Some foods absorb more pesticide residue than others. So if you can try and buy organic when it comes to the following foods to avoid pesticides as much as possible.

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

And for the record, these foods are the least contaminated. Everything else falls somewhere in the middle.

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (Frozen)
  • Pineapples
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya

Do you try and eat organic? Always or just some of the time?

This post is linked up to Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family.


  1. Oh…we’re trying. But it is super expensive. I’m growing my own tomatoes and mint this year. It’s my first attempt at plants and/or gardening. I’m just thankful for farmer’s markets!

    Thanks for the list of “okay” and “No, No!”. I’m still learning!
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  2. I buy all the things on the dirty dozen list organically. I often buy things on the “clean 15” list non-organically, especially frozen peas and broccoli! And we go through a LOT of those…2 – 3 lbs. each every two weeks.

    I’m growing an extensive garden this year. Carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, zucchini, potatoes, strawberries, many herbs. I’m hoping for a really good crop — I’ve been feeding (with crushed egg shells), weeding, and watering my garden faithfully. I will preserve everything I can, buying what I’m not growing from local farms. I have 40 lbs. of strawberries already in my freezer! That’s how we eat local all year around. :) Last year was our first year preserving but it’s SO worth it and we love doing it.
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  3. The bell peppers on the “Dirty Dozen” list alone was enough to prompt me to start my own container garden this year! Love those peppers, but they are TOO expensive to buy organic all the time! :)
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  4. I also am SO pleased that summer and summer fruit is back, even though I live in CA and don’t have it so rough as all you Michiganers. I printed out the full list and keep it on my fridge and in my purse:
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  5. I don’t but now that I’ll soon be cooking for my babies, I have to go organic.

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