For fresh, healthy organic produce, buy local at the Saratoga Farmers Market - open year round!
Learn which foods to put on your grocery list for your next trip! (Please note: it is also important to buy organic meats, eggs and dairy)
Put these fruits and vegetables at the top of your 'Buy Organic List' -- they typically contain high levels of pesticides when not purchased organically.
- Sweet bell peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Imported snap peas
Looking for safe non-organic produce? These fruits and veggies are relatively healthy, even when not produced organically.
- Sweet corn
- Sweet potatoes
Here's a tip: terms like 'natural,' 'free-range' and 'hormone-free' do not mean the same as organic. They are frequently used by the food industry, and the USDA has no certification standard for them.
What's in season when: It's important to know which fruits and vegetables are in season in Saratoga! We've broken down our foods from the list above into the best seasons to purchase them.
Apples, grapes, potatoes, cabbage, sweet potatoes, cauliflower
Winter: Celery, kiwi
Spring: Snap peas, onions, asparagus, grapefruit
Summer: Peaches, nectarines, strawberries, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados, corn, mangos, cantaloupe
Still need motivation to visit the Saratoga Farmers Market? Just remember that when you buy local, you are supporting organic farms that are not harming the environment. These farms don't release pesticides, they use less energy than a comparable non-organic farm and they produce less waste per unit area.
Every time you take a bite of that juicy apple, think about how it's not only healthier for you, but it's saving the planet!