One of the most common complaints I hear about buying organic and non-GMO is the expense. Sadly, in many areas around the country, the cost of organic and non-GMO food is significantly higher than conventionally grown foods. I have three tips for you to keep costs down while still helping the environment and enjoying the health benefits of organic and non-GMO foods.
1. Make friends at the Farmers’ Market
Get to know the farmers and sellers at your local farmers’ market. You will learn which farmers are providing organic and non-GMO produce, nuts, even fresh baked breads. You’ll often find that the lack of cost-raising practices used by grocery stores including transport costs, deferred payment agreements, and overhead means better prices for you. At our local market we have everything from honey to broccoli to fresh eggs. Explore, chat, get the low down on who has the best stuff for the best prices. It’s a fabulous way to spend a Saturday.
2. Buy in Bulk
From big box stores to small local grocers, you can find organic and non-GMO nuts, grains, lentils, fruit, even dairy products and more in bulk. Kids eat a lot, as you know, so with a little planning and some swift organization of your pantry, you can ease the cost and buy yourself a little time between shopping trips with bulk purchases.
3. Set and Save from Vitacost
Did you know Vitacost.com has nearly 3,000 Project Non-GMO Verified foods available on their site? It’s true! And you can put all your favorite foods and products on Set & Save, so you stay on budget and on track. From maple syrup to baby food to protein bars, you can find great deals on fabulous Project Non-GMO Verified and organic products.