3 Local Farmer's Markets & Fruit/Veggie Buyer's Beware List

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This tidbit of info came into my email today from LIFamilies.com today and I just HAD to share this with you.  I shop at 5 different grocery stores in search of fresh, organic fruits and am usually disappointed.  My husband is very big on making sure our kids eat fruit daily.  They love strawberries, apples, grapes, and bananas.  Three out of four of these fruits are on the dirty list. Do you even know what's on the "Dirty List?"

At the end of the post, I have listed a few local Farmer's Markets that pop up during the summer through the fall.   Hopefully this produce has less, if not any, pesticides on them since they do not have to travel from outside of the country before showing up on grocery stores shelves.  There has GOT to be a better, healthier way to feed America.

Buyers Beware: Fruit and Veggie Contamination

Americans are trying to get healthy and are turning to fruits and vegetable to help do so. In the process they may be putting themselves, and their families, in greater risk. This year's results of the most contaminated fruits and vegetables are out, and you may be surprised by the outcome.

An apple a day was always supposed to keep the doctor away, but instead it may be the cause of future visits. Apples have moved up three spaces this year to become the number one most contaminated fruit/vegetable, trumping celery.

Governmental research is done every year on 53 different fruits and vegetables. After peeling and washing produce, they test them for pesticides and fungicides. The Environmental Working Group, a public health advocacy group, then takes the findings and publishes a list of the cleanest and the dirtiest.

Simply washing and peeling the fruits and vegetables is not enough to get them clean. Their plants absorb the toxins when the fruit or vegetable is still growing, infecting the produce.

One way to avoid your family ingesting more pesticides is by trying to buy organic options when available. If organic is too expensive, or inaccessible try alternative options; such as replacing apples with pineapples. By choosing your five daily servings of fruits and vegetables from the "clean list," you will avoid pesticide exposure by up to 92%.

Clean List:
1. Onions
2. Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Avocado
5. Asparagus
6. Sweet peas
7. Mangoes
8. Eggplant
9. Cantaloupe
10. Kiwis
11. Cabbage
12. Watermelon
13. Sweet Potatoes
14. Grapefruits
15. Mushrooms

Dirty List:
1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Strawberries
4. Peaches
5. Spinach
6. Nectarines
7. Grapes
8. Sweet bell peppers
9. Potatoes
10. Blueberries
11. Lettuce
12. Cucumbers

Local Farmer's Markets 

Elmont Farmer's Market
Every Thursday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Alva T Stanforth Sports Complex
700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont

Lynbrook Farmer's Market
May 24 - November 15th
Every Thursday - 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Forest Avenue (off Sunrise)

Rockville Centre Farmer's Market
June 3 - November 18th
Every Sunday - 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Long Beach Road & Sunrise Highway

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1 comment:

  1. Carline Dumerlin-FolkesThursday, 05 July, 2012

    I definitely never heard of a "clean" and "dirty" list. Also, many of the fruits and veggies I like are on the "dirty" list, so I am going to have to make some changes!!