Thursday, June 30, 2011

The New Dirty Dozen list is out

If you want to limit your pesticide intake but don't want to go organic on everything (and until prices get reduced, who can afford that?) go organic on the following (in order from most pesticides to least):

The Environmental Working Group has come out with it's new "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean 15" lists. These lists name the top 12 most pesticide-ridden produce and the top 15 cleanest fruits and vegetables.

    Green Apples
  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Imported Nectarines
  7. Imported Grapes
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Domestic Blueberries
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/Collard Greens
  13. Cilantro
And feel free to indulge on non-organic items off the following list (in order starting with the cleanest):
  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Frozen Sweet Peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplant
  9. Domestic Canteloupe
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet Potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms
*Thank you to E-The Environmental Magazine for bringing the updated list to my attention. 

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Nate and I eat a lot of chicken. After several years of eating free range chicken, I have found the most delicious chicken I've ever tasted. Bar 5 Meat and Poultry has a free range chicken breast that has been out of this world no matter how I prepare it. They are at the St. Paul Farmers' Market every Saturday.

One of the daughters on this family owned farm replied to my question about whether the chicken were free range, "They're so free range I have to check my shoes for chicken poop before I get on the school bus."

I enjoy eating happy chickens. 


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