Go organic this autumn with tips from the Soil Association
Sales of organic products are flourishing, with over 85 per cent of the nation eating organic food at least once a year, and over 8,000 supermarkets, independent shops, cafés and restaurants across the UK now stocking organic produce. This September, the Soil Association is showcasing organic food during its month of events known as ‘Organic September’. If you’re interested in going organic, but aren’t sure how to keep the price down, then read these top tips from the Soil Association for buying on a budget.
1 Shop in season
By doing so, you will be getting the best value for your money, while being safe in the knowledge that the produce contains fewer pesticides and chemicals, but a higher dose of antioxidants. The Eat Seasonably website is extremely helpful, as it lists all the fruit and veg which is in season.
2 Back to basics
If you’re new to the organic food scene, then buying milk is a great place to start. Milk is widely available and the organic kind has around 50 per cent more mood-boosting omega-3 fatty acids. As if this were not reason enough, buying organic milk also secures a good price return for local British farmers.
3 Gather the essentials
Store cupboard organic staples are often great value for money. For example, the organic versions of baked beans, pasta and canned tomatoes can usually be found for the same price as non-organic items.
4 Look for online deals
Bag a bargain as prices are slashed on online shops throughout Organic September. Find out more about these discounts via soilassociation.org/organicseptember
5 Eat less, buy better
Eating less meat but buying better quality is good for your health, and it can make a big difference to your wallet, too. For advice, ask your local butcher which organic cuts are best, or have a go at making a large Sunday roast so you can save the meat for other meals during the week.
Photography from Maddock’s Farm and the Soil Association