Top 12 Produce Items To Grow at Home

by on May 14, 2012


According to the EWG’s 2011 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, these are the “Dirty Dozen” – the top 12 produce items that are prone to pesticides when they aren’t being grown organically. These items should be either grown at home or purchased from trusted organic sources. Where applicable we have linked the produce item below to the appropriate page in our Grower’s Guide as well as to seed sources where applicable.. The items not yet linked will be written about in the future, but if you have questions about how to grow any item from the list below, please leave us a comment! We are more than happy to answer any questions you’ve got.


Apples moved up 3 spots from the previous year.

Celery [get seed]
Celery was #1 in 2010.


Peaches were #1 in 2009.

Spinach [get seed]

Nectarines (imported)

Grapes (imported)

Sweet Bell Peppers [get seed]


Blueberries (domestic)

Lettuce [get seed]

Kale [get seed] / Collard Greens [get seed]


Since organic produce is often quite cost-prohibitive, consider growing even a few of the items from this list yourself and you will save your family a lot of money while enjoying the peace of mind that comes along with knowing that no toxic chemical pesticides were used.

Remember that old phrase from childhood that is just as true today-  you are what you eat!

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