Mr TTR & I live in Canada. We eat “some” organic veggies… with our long cold winters, a good deal of produce in Canada has to be imported from the US or South America… which makes even just regular veggies expensive from October thru to June (May thru September is our prime months for local produce). Organics are typically 2 to 3 time the price. So that definitely effects our bottom line
Which means that we usually make some compromises…
After seeing a Tv show on organics I came to learn some organics are better for you than others (if money is limited, then this is where you should start)
The most important ones to change over are those items that are high in water content… or don’t have a hard skin that would protect them (can be washed / scrubbed) or you’d have to peel etc.
So… Organic Lettuces & Greens would be an obvious and FAR BETTER choice from Regular Lettuces & Greens. (Other good veggies to switch out for Organics… Celery, Green Onions, Tomatoes, Peppers, Mushrooms etc). Veggies that wouldn’t matter so much… Turnips, Potatoes, Carrots etc.
Same with Fruits… so where organic would make a differences would be things like berries, cherries, rhubarb etc. Not so much for apples, oranges, pears, bananas etc.
As well some items altho not maybe identified as organic could very well be (or very close to it). For example, if you know of a Hydrophonic Grower in your area… a lot of those Growers don’t use a ton of chemicals… so their produce is a lot more organic than not. And some Greenhouse Growers are also similar.
Consequently… our shopping has changed. Mr TTR and I have therefore make it a practice to stock out grocery cart with as many organics as we can realistically afford (or in truth how best we can justify / swallow the mark-up at our local grocery store… be it Summer* or Winter)
Lettuces & Greens isn’t a huge price difference (guessing that a lot of the ones marked organic are actually being grown hydrophonically or in a Greenhouse somewhere).
Tomatoes we have a Hydrophonic Grower in Eastern Ontario, and there is a HUGE Indoor Mushroom Grower as well. So I buy local for those products year-round.
*And in the Summer we buy more of our Produce at the local Farmers’ Market than in the Grocery Store… so even if the produce isn’t all organic… we do realize that it hasn’t been pumped full of chemicals etc, so it is able to make a week long trek from somewhere on the back of a truck (like much of our produce does here during our Winter months). Much of the product available in Eastern Ontario & West Quebec is coming from farms where the items are picked and sold within a short short period of time (same day, next day, or a day or two)
But some fruits & veggies from the FAR BETTER FOR YOU list we really have to weigh the differences seasonally. For example, I may be willing to pay twice the price for Green Onions at over $ 1 a bunch… but I’m not crazed about spending $ 5 for a Pepper in the dead of winter for an organic one… when I’m already having to pay $ 3 for a Non-Organic Pepper… when in the summertime in Canada, I can buy the same Pepper (Organic or not) for somewhere in the 25 to 50 cents range !! (In the middle of winter, a lot of Peppers imported into Canada seem to be coming out of Mexico or South America)
Hope this helps,