Organic food usually tastes better, and is better for you, but it can also be very expensive compared to non-organic products. Organic food can cost nearly 50 percent more, thanks to the extra labor required to produce it and consumers’ demand exceeding supply.
So how do you get tasty organic food without spending a ton of extra money? Follow these tips to get more bang for your buck.
SHOP AT FARMERS' MARKETS
You can get fresh organic produce for far less at a farmers’ market than you’d pay at the grocery store. It’ll taste just as good, and you’re getting your food straight from the source.
CHOOSE SEASONAL PRODUCE
Out-of-season produce usually has to be imported, and that can really drive up the price. Focus your meals on in-season fruits and vegetables so that you don’t end up paying $6.00 for a pound of organic asparagus.
SHOP MORE FREQUENTLY & PLAN YOUR MEALS AROUND BULK SALES
The trick here is to only buy what’s needed for your meals, and to only plan for a week of meals at most. That way you’re less likely to throw food away, because you can use leftover produce for more meals before it goes bad.
GROW YOUR OWN
A home vegetable garden will provide some extremely cheap organic produce, and gardening can also be a fun and rewarding hobby.
| Local Garden Resources:
- The Garden Company - 2218 Mission St, Santa Cruz
- Far West Nursery - 2669 Mattison Ln, Santa Cruz
- Scarborough Gardens - 33 El Pueblo Rd, Scotts Valley
- San Lorenzo Garden Center (ProBuild) - 235 River St, Santa Cruz
- Hidden Gardens Nursery - 7765 Soquel Dr. #A, Aptos
- Mountain Feed & Farm Supply - 9550 Highway 9, Ben Lomond
- Aptos Landscape Supply - 5035 Freedom Boulevard, Aptos
- Alladin Nursery - 2905 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville
- Redwood Nursery - 2800 El Rancho Dr, Santa Cruz
- Love Apple Farms - 2317 Vine Hill Road, Santa Cruz
There are countless other great gardening resources in the Santa Cruz County area. Did we forget someone important? Please let us know!