Do you ever wish for easy and safe shopping?

Woman holding grocery bags containing vegetables, mid section

I don’t know about you, but sometimes it is just plain exhausting wondering what’s in our food and then attempting to buy things that aren’t going to be detrimental to your health. Am I right?

A recent conversation about sweet corn at a local farmer’s market, led me to thinking about other conversations about not assuming that what you are buying is safe, if you wish not to consume genetically modified foods or pesticides, or herbicides.

Sweet corn is no different. While most isn’t a GMO crop, unless you are buying organic or know the grower personally, you can’t be entirely sure.

So what’s the easiest and safest way to shop? Stop shopping in the grocery store. I promise you, they won’t miss you if you stopped shopping tomorrow. Source your foods from trusted producers. You can literally find everything you need, food wise outside the grocery store.

I personally only shop the store for paper products, minimal health and beauty items (i.e.: razors, floss, etc.) and canning jars. I can’t tell you the last time I shopped up and down the grocery isles for food.

The best thing about buying your food from your neighbor? You support their family. They spend some of their earnings in the local economy and we continue supporting one another AND we enjoy good clean food, which in turn affords us good health.

If while building your producer list you still need to fill in the gap at the grocery store, I thought I’d empower you to shop smarter, since we all have the right to know what’s in our food and labeling isn’t an option yet today, hopefully soon.

Following is the current crop list. If you wish to avoid GMO products, then keep this list handy.

GM Crop List*

  • Alfalfa
  • Apple
  • Argentine Canola
  • Bean
  • Carnation
  • Chicory
  • Cotton
  • Creeping Bentgrass
  • Eggplant
  • Eucalyptus
  • Flax
  • Maize
  • Melon
  • Papaya
  • Petunia
  • Plum
  • Polish Canola
  • Poplar
  • Potato
  • Rice
  • Rose
  • Soybean
  • Squash
  • Sugar Beet
  • Sugarcane
  • Sweet Pepper
  • Tobacco
  • Tomato
  • Wheat


There are a couple apps that are very handy. If found this shopping guide, but this one is only for iPhones. If you know of one for Android, please share in the comments below.

Non-GMO Project Shopping Guide App by The Non-GMO Project

There is also a shopping guide and app (iTunes or Google Play) for the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 that is put out by EWG (Environmental Working Group) that I find super helpful, especially when shopping and you can’t afford, or can’t find all organic items.

When using these tools, I find the information helpful when shopping at your local farmer’s markets as well. It helps you to know what are trigger foods and important questions to ask about growing practices.

What have you found to be a good way to find local producers that provide what you need? Let’s help each other build our producer lists. Comment below and we’ll get started.

To your health,


2 thoughts on “Do you ever wish for easy and safe shopping?

  1. Do you mostly just eat home preserved foods all winter? Where do you purchase food in the off season from Farmer’s markets? You have me intrigued!
    M in jc

    • Maria,
      We do can some foods, freeze some, ferment alot and yes I do take advantage of winter markets for some locally grown foods. We also buy grass fed beef, grass fed pork for our freezers and last year we raised chickens for the freezer. I ferment alot of veggies, especially taking advantage of seasonal produce, which also gets preserved or frozen too. Hooking up with local folks who grow or raise what you don’t is extremely helpful.

      Hope this helps some. Thanks for the great question. Sorry I didn’t see it a little sooner.


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