Local organic eggs laid by chickens that walk around (Gary or Mary’s) garden taste better. They just do. Making “Perfect Scrambled Eggs”? First step: get the best, freshest eggs possible. Same with butter. Butter made locally from organic cream is worth the calories on toast, scones, muffins…. (It’ll be so expensive you’ll savor small amounts of it!)
Fruits and vegetables? Super-sized seed producers and farmers have gotten good at designing and growing produce that is large, pretty, ships well, and now, remarkably tasty too! Seen the beautiful shiny “conventional” strawberries from California, Mexico, and Florida?
The Environmental Working Group prepared a 2012 list of their “Dirty Dozen”, conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that receive or retain the highest levels of pesticide. Whenever possible purchase organically grown:
Dirty Dozen: Apples, Celery, Sweet Bell Peppers, Peaches, Strawberries, Imported Nectarines, Grapes, Spinach, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Domestic and Imported Blueberries, Potatoes.
The conventionally grown produce containing the least amounts of pesticide are:
Clean Fifteen: Avocado, Asparagus, Cabbage, Domestic Cantaloupe, Sweet Corn, Eggplant, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Mangoes, Mushrooms, Onions, Sweet Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Pineapples, Watermelon
The strawberries in our Maine garden won’t be ready to pick until mid, possibly late, June (providing the woodchuck doesn’t get them first.) Local farms will open for “Pick Your Own” at about the same time. They’ll be fragrant, fragile, tender, and full of authentic summer strawberry flavor. But it’s hard to wait when they’re ripe in California; just buy Organic!