My husband and I have recently started buying a lot of our produce from an online farmer’s market via LocallyGrown.net. We really love the fact that we can get great organic produce there, because all the farmers markets in close proximity to where we live are international markets. In other words, we’re more likely to find some of the brands we grew up with in the Virgin Islands on their shelves than we are to find produce from local farmers.
However, the selection from the online farmers’ market is honestly limited. So while we buy what we can from them, we go to Walmart and the local grocery store for other items. Like apples. I am a big fan of apples, and my husband was joking with me the other night about how the knows my favorite types (Fuji and Braeburn, if you’re curious). So when we headed to Walmart to pick up some of the groceries we usually can’t find elsewhere, it was only natural for me to pick up a bag of apples.
The problem is, the selection of organic produce at our local Walmart tends to be hit or miss. And this time, it was a miss. I’ve gotten organic apples from them before, and I just KNEW I would find them again. I was wrong.
Here’s the thing. I’d be a liar if I said we ALWAYS buy organic, but we do try our best to pay attention to the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen List. This list shows which foods are most likely to have a high presence of pesticides:
The 2010 Dirty Dozen
- Bell Peppers
- Grapes (Imported)
As a general rule, if we’re going to eat the skin of a fruit or vegetable (ie. not bananas or oranges, etc.) we try to buy it organic. So what do you do when you can’t find organic produce? Well, ideally you wouldn’t buy it at all, but this time we really wanted apples. I’d been craving one of my favorite childhood snacks: simple cinnamon apples. So we bought them anyway.
I know, I know. Bad green mommy.
Still, we did our best to minimize the risk. I’m not saying that these specific apples were slathered in pesticides, but to avoid taking the chance, we washed the apples the best we could and peeled the skin. I actually love apple skin (it’s great fiber too), so by that, I mean organic apple skin. But we can’t be perfect all the time, right?
My daughter and I had a great time making simple apple slices covered in cinnamon, so it was worth the effort, as you can see above.
Walmart is currently promoting AppleFest, which is exactly what it sounds like. A celebration of all things apple-related. While I love the attention being given to a seasonal item, can we please get some organic produce? In all the stores? Some other moms found organic and local apples in their stores â€” even in a store not too far from mine. But none in my store. So please work on that Walmart. Otherwise, we’ll find other ways to get our apples, even if it means we have to pick them ourselves. Which actually isn’t a bad idea at all…
Disclosure: I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program. Walmart provided me with product and compensation to blog about Apple Fest. Participation in this program is voluntary. All opinions are my own.