After spending time lower on the list, apples have now been deemed the dirtiest conventionally grown produce by the Environmental Working Group. Yuck! Just another good reason to seek out locally and responsibly grown produce. We usually buy our apples (and peaches, nectarines, and pears) from Breezy Hill Orchard. They’re Eco-Apple certified, which means they use integrated pest management (IPM) rather than just dumping a bunch of chemicals on their fruit. Just look at those beautiful Fujis!
Financial and logistical issues often prevent people from choosing local and organic produce, so the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list is a good way to prioritize. Be sure to buy the Dirty Dozen from farmers you trust, even if you can’t buy everything that way.
Check out their handy pocket guide of the best and worst choices!