Organic food usually tastes better and is better for you, but it can also be very expensive compared to non-organic products. Organic food can cost nearly 50 percent more, thanks to the extra labor required to produce it and consumers’ demand exceeding supply.
So how do you get tasty organic food without spending a ton of extra money? Follow these tips to get more bang for your buck.
Shop at farmers’ markets: You can get fresh organic produce for far less at a farmers’ market than you’d pay at the grocery store. It’ll taste just as good, and you’re getting your food straight from the source.
- Surfside Beach Farmers Market-Corner of Surfside Dr. & Willow Dr.May 2 – Oct 31
Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Little River Farmers Market-4460 Mineola Ave.May 3 – Oct 25Wednesdays 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- Carolina Forest Farmers Market-Carolina Forest Rec Center2254 Carolina Forest Blvd.May 4 – Oct 26
Thursdays 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- North Myrtle Beach Farmers Market-925 1st Ave. SouthMay 5 – Oct 27Fridays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Conway Farmers Market-Corner of Laurel Street and 2nd Ave.May 6 – Oct 28Saturdays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Georgetown Farmers Market-122 Screven St.May 6 – Oct 28Saturdays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- The Market Common Farmers Market-Deville St.May 6 – Sep 30Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Myrtle Beach Produce-609 29th Avenue North9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Daily
Choose seasonal produce: Out-of-season produce usually has to be imported, and that can really drive up the price. Focus your meals on in-season fruits and vegetables so that you don’t end up paying $6.00 for a pound of organic asparagus.
Shop more frequently, and plan your meals around bulk sales: The trick here is to only buy what’s needed for your meals, and to only plan for a week of meals at most. That way you’re less likely to throw food away because you can use leftover produce for more meals before it goes bad.
Grow your own: A home vegetable garden will provide some extremely cheap organic produce, and gardening can also be a fun and rewarding hobby.