Is it worth it to buy organic?

Many of us are constantly asking  is it worth it to buy organic?  So let me make it easier for you, here is the dirty dozen and clean fifteen list.

Dirty Dozen

When purchasing these fruits and vegetables it is safer to buy organic.  Organic are prepared and grown without herbicides, pesticides, hormones and chemical fertilizers.  Organic starts with nourishment in the soil, producing nourishing strong, healthy plants that have more nutrients.


  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Nectarines
  • Sweet Bell peppers
  • Spinach, kale, collard greens
  • Cherries
  • Potatoes
  • Imported grapes
  • Lettuce

You’ll be safe buying these fruits and vegetables even if they are non-organic:


The Clean Fifteen

  • Onions
  • Avocados
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapples
  • Mango
  • Sweet peas
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Sweet onions

*When considering what other fruits and vegetables you should buy organic, pay attention to how thick the skin is (bananas are alright).  You should wash all produce, even though it is not going to eliminate all pesticides, will help reduce them.


Although your local farmers market may not be certified organic, here are some questions that may be helpful to ask.

1) Who grew the food?  It is important to make sure it is local and not shipped from out of state.

2) If they are not certified organic, how was it sprayed?  Some farmers use little to no spray but do not enter for the certification process.

3) What is in season?  This way you know that if it is in season, it is local and fresh.