How to go organic on a budget

One of the biggest complaints people have about  going organic is that it’s just too darn expensive. However, by being a little savvy you can save money and be healthier at the same time. Check out some inexpensive organic products and tips that work wonders for even the most budget conscious organic shoppers.

Grant Family Farms
Grant Family Farms lies in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, just south of the Wyoming border. They are deeply committed to growing healthy, delicious food and to being responsible stewards of the land. In fact, their farm was the first to be certified organic by the State of Colorado. Their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program provides a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season at an unbeatable cost. In fact, a small organic veggie box breaks down to ONLY about $24 per week to feed 2 to 3 people. Not only is this a very cost-effective way to feed your family, it also supports your local agriculture. www.grantfarms.com

Don’t live in Colorado? Find your local CSA here.

Potting Shed Creations
Potting Shed Creations believes that style and substance are not mutually exclusive and their products reflect a fresh approach to gardening in the modern world. Their indoor gardening solutions enable anyone to grow organic herbs for cents on the dollar. For a one-time investment, you can grow culinary herbs and even small veggies that you can eat for months. For instance, their garden-in-a-bagTM  featuring organic basil, parsley and oregano for $9 each offers a unique container garden to grow organic herbs directly and conveniently in the leak-proof bag indoors, year-round. Some home cooks have a couple of each going, at staggered growing rates, to always have fresh herbs at the ready. www.pottingshedcreations.com

Bragg Live Foods
For 100 years Bragg has been making versatile, organic products that focus on good health. Their amazing Apple Cider Vinegar can be used for everything from salad dressing, cleaning, a healthy tonic and even to heal the skin. Made from whole organic apples, aged in wood, Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar is raw, unfiltered, undiluted and contains no preservatives! Plus, a 16 oz bottle costs just $3.49! Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, in 400 BC treated his patients with natural apple cider vinegar for it’s powerful cleansing, healing and germ fighting qualities. Check out their site for cool recipes and such to give you more ideas on how to use the product. www.bragg.com

Vitamin Cottage Bulk
Vitamin Cottage runs their business by keeping everyday prices affordable for the average family.  As they like to say, “It’s not healthy food if you can’t afford to buy it.”   Thus, they make it affordable to buy natural and organic products. One of the most cost-effective areas of their store is the bulk aisle. There, you will find all the organic basics at everyday low prices. For instance, you can get a good sized bag of rolled oats for less than $5 that will last you a week or more. Oats are versatile as a breakfast option, can form the basis of a veggie burger, can be used in delicious cookies and desserts and can even be used as a healthy breading option. www.vitamincottage.com

If you don’t have a Vitamin Cottage near you, head to the bulk aisle of your neighborhood store or even look in conventional stores for organic bulk offerings. You may be surprised what they offer!

Crock-Pot®
Since 1970, Crock-Pot® slow cookers have combined old time principles to produce exceptional flavor, nutrition and economy cooking. This slow electric stoneware cooker introduced a new category of appliances to the trade and revolutionized the way Americans cook for their families. When it comes to organic cooking the Crock-Pot is your best friend. Not only is it easy to use, but you can make your dollars spent on organic ingredients stretch further by making a big pot of yummy food and then freezing some for leftovers later. Make sure to check out the cook book Make it Fast, Cook it Slow for delicious Crock-Pot ideas. www.crock-pot.com