It’s more or less summer already here in Texas, and with the weather comes the fruit season. I just love peaches and strawberries! Of course, when these fruits are in season, they go on sale all the time. I have seen strawberries for as cheap as 2 cartons for $3! My kids absolutely love strawberries.
What depresses me the most about prices like that is: they don’t matter. Those are conventional strawberries. As in, non-organic. I have mentioned before that I refer to the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list and pretty strictly avoid buying non-organic in the 12 fruits and vegetables with the most toxins, especially when it comes to my kids. I am flexible when we eat out, but I do not bring non-organic versions of those top 12 into our house.
I usually let my kids eat all of those fruits and my husband and I do not eat any. I want them to get the most health benefits that they can while they’re still growing by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and if I can only afford that many, they will all go to my kids first.
*NOTE: My out of town readers might suggest a farmer’s market – unfortunately, the Dallas Farmer’s Market does not sell organic produce. At all. There is one farmer who tends to use a lower amount of chemicals although he is not certified organic. He does sell peaches, but only a few times a month. I haven’t been able to make it down to the market during the times he’s been selling lately (it’s a 25 minute drive one way). The rest of the produce at the Dallas Farmer’s Market is from Mexico, and it is conventionally grown. It’s actually the exact same thing you’d buy in the stores. It’s even labeled Del Monte and Chiquita brands. Richardson does not have a Farmer’s Market at all (too small of a suburb). I have heard the McKinney Farmer’s Market is awesome but I have never been there – it is a 45 minute drive for us.