How to go organic on a budget.
Do you grip your wallet a little tighter whenever someone mentions the word organic? Do you look longingly at the organic section in the supermarket as you reluctantly fill your trolley with pesticide-saturated products?
And, the million dollar question: Is it possible for a money savvy single mother to feed her family nutrient rich, toxin free organic food on a budget?
To say that organic is always more expensive is not necessarily true. And you don’t have to pay for a grower’s organic certification to eat chemical and pesticide free food.
Get savvy, get informed and serve up healthy organic food to those you love – on a budget!
HOW TO GO ORGANIC ON A BUDGET
GROW ORGANIC GRUB WITH YOUR KIDS
One of the most valuable and enjoyable things you can do with your child is to teach them how to grow food. As a busy single mother, you no doubt find it hard to spend enough quality time with your children. An organic garden plot with fast growing salad greens and some easy to manage beans and carrots is simple to prepare, extremely rewarding and the best way to get organic food on your plate.
Not only are you growing your own ethical and organic food and saving the planet one pesticide free broccoli at a time, you are also planting some cool values into those amazing dirt loving little minds.
Playing in dirt and watching simple seeds turn into delicious organic food will encourage your children to enjoy healthy food and eat well.
BUY IN BULK WITH ‘ORGANIC ON A BUDGET’ FRIENDS
A food Co-op is a great idea but not everyone’s cup of chai. Buying in bulk this way is more economic, but you need to be well organised and supported.
Get a group of friends together who also wish to go organic on a budget, find an organic supplier and come up with a list of favourites. Then just place your order, organise the delivery, plan to get together (why not make it an occasion?) and divvy out the treasure.
Buying your favourite organic items in bulk from a wholesaler or supermarket specials is a no-brainer and well worth it. Most supermarkets have an affordable range of home branded organic foods, and hey, you can always grab the organic veggies on special, blanch, bag and freeze for later use.
HOW TO GO ORGANIC ON A BUDGET (CONT.)
SHOP LOCAL (AND NOT IN THE SUPERMARKET)
A visit to the local greengrocer is a great opportunity to get the facts straight from the suppliers and growers. Ask the person filling your box where the produce comes from. They will likely know who grows it, how they grow it and will not charge you for advice or over packaging and handling.
Head to a farmers’ market on the weekends. And not just for fruit and veg. Organic pickled goods, baked goods, meats and fish are often on offer. Be a regular, take along your basket, and get to know who has the best quality at the cheapest prices. Most importantly, time it so you get the end of market specials. Growers don’t like to take produce home! Track down your local market on the Australian Farmers’ Market Association website.
Eating foods in season is simply eating what is locally available at that time of year. This is a simple way to go organic on a budget. Nature has a way of growing the foods we need at the optimum time of year to eat them. Not only are seasonal foods cheaper, they are tastier and more natural as grown within the season they were designed for.
Some neighbourhoods have community gardens where you can not only access organically grown produce, but make some new friends as well. You’ll find it a great place to get tips from others who have chosen to go organic on a budget.