Make Your Zest Organic

Lemon zest contains essential oils that make recipes “pop” with flavor. Zest also contains the anti-cancer agent limonene. Limonene reduces abnormal cell growth and can even initiate tumor regression. But remember, always buy organic lemons. According the USDA, washing cannot strip away pesticide residues found on conventional lemons. So, enjoy your limonene organically!

Organic Pears

Conventional pears are treated with azinphos methyl—a neurotoxin—and diphenylamine—a blood, liver, and immunotoxicant. Fortunately, Linden Hills Co-op offers a unique variety of highly flavorful, organic pears. Our favorites include Abate Fetal and Alexander Lucas pears—available organic and in season! Ask us for a sample

Organic Raisins

In “Diet for a Poisoned Planet: How to Choose Safe Foods for You and Your Family,” David Steinman reports that (according to FDA data)110 pesticides have been found in conventional raisins. In fact, the EPA is currently considering banning 3 of these pesticides: Benomyl, Captan, and Mancozeb. Why wait for the EPA’s decision? Buy only organic raisins to avoid these toxic chemicals.

Avoid Pesticides

Children are especially vulnerable to the neurotoxins found on conventional apples. According to an Environmental Working Group study, each day 85,000 children exceed the EPA’s safety standard for pesticide consumption, largely by eating conventional apples and apple products. Always choose certified organic or Midwest Food Alliance certified apples for your family.

Fair Trade Apples?

You’re probably familiar with Fair Trade bananas and coffee. But who ever heard of Fair Trade apples? Consider this: the typical farmworker in Washington’s Yakima Valley apple-producing region makes only $7,000/year. United Farm Workers of America has recently launched a campaign for Fair Trade apples. Find out more at

Choose Organic Apples


Most conventional apples contain residues of the insecticide azinphos methyl. Azinphos methyl is a neurotoxin and ranks among the most toxic organophosphates—the class of chemicals made infamous in Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. To avoid azinphos methyl residues, always choose certified organic or Midwest Food Alliance certified apples for your family.


Is take-out Thai burning a hole in your pocket? Thai food is surprisingly easy to make at home. Simply select from a variety of sauces, pastes, and seasonings available in our Asian section on aisle 3. For authentic flavor, add a few tablespoons of sliced lemongrass to your recipe. Lemongrass will keep in the fridge for 2-3 weeks and freezes well, making it available for many a Thai-inspired dish.


Don’t throw those veggie scraps away! Save them for broths instead. Carrot ends, celery trimmings, mushroom stalks, and leek tops can all be made into broth. Simply simmer your veggie scraps in water until they form a flavorful broth. Pass the broth through a sieve, using a spoon to mash the veggies and release their last little bits of flavor before—finally—discarding your veggie scraps.

Fresh Herbs


Fresh herbs add flavor and flair to inexpensive bulk and canned ingredients. Savory perks up bean dishes; dill lends a fresh dimension to tuna salad. Try adding chopped rosemary and butternut squash to Arborio rice for a satisfying risotto. Concerned you won’t use the entire package of herbs before they go bad? Simply pop them in the freezer for use in your next recipe.


The average yam costs less than $2. Chock full of beta-carotene, as well as vitamins C and B6, yams are an economical nutritional powerhouse. For a quick, inexpensive, and nutritious lunch, try microwaving a yam until tender. Add butter, maple syrup, and a few chopped dates.