TomatoesThis week’s segment comes from Kristine from The Fischer Family. She wanted to know if we bought organic and if so, what all do we buy. Great question Kristine and a great time of year to ask!

I am not a 100% organic girl. I just can’t get over the price. Not gonna lie. I actually started thinking about this before Landon was really eating real food yet. We have always done organic milk as a family but beyond that, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. This is where I turned to the internet. I have talked before about the pregnancy and new mom podcasts I love. A few I really liked were about making your own baby food as well as overall know how in this new world. I remember one specifically from Happy Baby food company about organic foods and making your own baby food (also one from Sprout as well). They talked about their philosophy on organic and no preservative foods.  Here I learned about the dirty dozen and the least contaminated produce items. Basically where I need to focus an organic budget vs not. This helped me calm down a bit and decide if I can’t do EVERYTHING, I can do something.

The Girls and LandonNow that was baby food times and now we are on to eating as a family. I am learning more and more every year. Luckily my in laws have a pretty large garden with organic produce and even 6 chickens for an endless supply of eggs. WINNING! Also they are retired and I have been known to send them to the state farmer’s market for goods as well. But this time of year is my favorite. The little local farmer’s markets have popped up around town and I can make a fun Saturday morning of it. A couple of weeks ago we headed out to the North Raleigh Farmer’s Market. I scored some fresh kale, cucumbers, honey and strawberries for maybe $20. Saweet! THEN we hopped into a little general store right there next to it for some local beef (and candy). The Red Hill General Store is adorable and some place I hope to keep helping out. MOM NOTE: They have the largest selection of Melissa and Doug toys I have ever seen in one place. Check em out! This past weekend, we hit up my favorite little farmer’s market at Midtown. They have a larger selection of vendors PLUS there is a Starbucks and Chick Fila RIGHT THERE. Andplusalso? A Target!

North Hills Farmer's Market

Landon and I were accompanied by Aunt Sasser (honorary aunt since Landon has no real aunts) this past weekend where they also had a kid’s concert and activities. Landon was in hog heaven. So now I am buying great local produce, meats, breads and pastries AND making it a fun family eve
nt. Best of both worlds.

So a long answer to a simple question. I am learning to eat more seasonally and choose organic when it makes sense. Some other options in your areas may be local agriculture co-ops or even local community gardens. Get creative about it. I know I can get some stuff from my in laws and to fill in the rest.

So what is your view on organic eating? Any tricks to save some money while keeping your family healthy?

This week in toddler dinners (notice we have fresh spinach from the garden…so all spinach salads. Also local strawberries and even local meat in some instances):


Toddler Dinner 1
Toddler Dinner 2
Toddler Dinner 3

Toddler Dinners is my weekly series of posts to explore the world of feeding munchkins. Each Monday I will post our previous week’s meals and a rating on how they went as well as discuss numerous issues we all face. Find out more here.
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