There is NO need to go "all organic", unless you just really have a few hundred extra bucks sitting around for groceries.
In my quest to find the healthiest, most cost efficient, way to feed the colony I've compiled a list (from several different sources) of which foods to buy organic and which ones are fine to buy...uhhhh..."unorganic":)
Now, this isn't to say that we buy these certain foods organically 100% of the time. We firmly believe that we can do the best we can, with the budget we have been given, and the Lord will honor that!
Foods To Buy Organically:
milk (and milk products)
There is NO NEED to buy these foods as organic:
cantaloupe (try to buy this domestically though)
One more thing to note - the cheapest place I've found to buy organic and healthy food is Trader Joe's. In fact, I just got my big groceries there this week and spent $125 which is no less than I would have spent anywhere else (even with coupons) because we have pretty much cut out snack foods, boxed meals, boxed vegetables and boxed and processed foods. If I were to spend $125/week for a whole month I would actually be staying in my grocery budget a month for a family of 7! Not too shabby.
I also do ALDI for just about everything else on my list.