If I could, I would buy all produce that has been grown organically. I actually have a hydroponic garden that, in the summer, gives us a lot of veggies, and I do go out of town every 3 months or so to buy at another hydroponic farm, but I need stuff in between the trips and the growing cycle of my garden. However, as I’m sure you all know, the prices of produce has been rising, and with the wild winter weather it it probably going to rise even more. That doesn’t leave a lot of extra money to buy organic produce!

I came across a means of cleaning fruit and veggies that are not organically grown. Now, I’m not a professional and I don’t claim that this is the way to clean produce, but I’ve done it for a few days now, and I’m not dead yet. Basically, I fill one side of my sink with cool water, squeeze in 1/2 fresh lemon and 4 tablespoons of salt, and then I put the produce in. I let it soak for 5-10 minutes, then clean with a brush. Supposedly the acid in the lemon and the salt pull the impurities from the food (which makes sense since salt is supposed to detoxify and cleanse, right?), and therefore makes for a cleaner food.