Organic food sourcing can be a challenge for both the mind and the paycheck, but there are several cost-effective options to make it a little bit easier. Consider some of the following places for purchasing organic produce, dairy, meats and more, all without breaking the bank.
Farmer’s markets are a great first stop for organic food. Lots of local farms offer their wares at these markets, with a wide variety of seasonal treasures. Since many farmer’s markets allow you to buy directly from the producers (with no middle man), the benefits are two-fold: first, you’re often able to buy your goods for a lower cost than the grocery stores, and second, more of the money you’re spending goes directly into the pockets of small farmers, supporting healthy local agriculture.
Produce stands are sometimes a more convenient option than farmer’s markets, often with several smaller locations dotted throughout a city, rather than one large market to wade through. Some produce stands are sourced from only one farm, but others purchase from multiple farmers for a more diverse selection. In any case, you’re likely to score deals at produce stands as well, since their smaller size requires fewer staff, resulting in less expensive wares for you.
CSA, or community supported agriculture, is a sort of subscription service to a particular farm for the duration of their growing season. Some CSA subscriptions are seasonal produce only, providing whatever fruits and veggies are at their peak each week in a box that is picked up on the farm or delivered directly to your door. Other CSA boxes may include options for dairy products, artisan breads, fresh eggs or locally-raised meats. In any case, a CSA box subscription is generally a convenient way to source organic, seasonal food inexpensively.
Finding organic food may be even easier than you thought. With many options throughout your city, you’re bound to find something that suits your family’s food needs.