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The Dirty Dozen

Ahhh, summer time! It’s the time for kids to chase lightning bugs; for homemade ice cream; for farmer’s markets and all those delicious fruits and vegetables and … pesticides?!

Yes, pesticides.


Unfortunately, many of our summer favorites rank as some of the worst in terms of pesticide residue. It’s a situation that prompted the Environmental Working Group to create a “Dirty Dozen” list.

How many of your summertime (and other time) favorites are on this list?:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry Tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Nectarines
  7. Peaches
  8. Potatoes
  9. Snap Peas
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Sweet Bell Peppers

Now, to be fair there are those that have called the EWG’s ranking methodology into question; even their suggestion to purchase organic versions of these 12 fruits and vegetables. They don’t however, deny that each of these fruits and vegetables retain the highest levels of pesticides of all their peers.


It’s also interesting to note that the detractors suggest that instead of recommending the Dirty Dozen be purchased from the Organic section of the produce aisle, that health-conscious shoppers should instead know where their produce comes from.

That’s right, know where it was grown; know who grew it.


We’re proud to say that Pogue’s Run Grocer can help you with that. Do you want to know where those peaches were grown? We can tell you. In fact, we’ll introduce you to the farmer next time they’re in the store to make a delivery.

Farmers Markets are a summertime favorite place to buy produce and meet the farmers that raised it. They’re the perfect place to get the cleanest of the Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, many farmers markets are weekend-only, during the summer months affairs.


Think of Pogue’s Run Grocer as your seven day a week, twelve month a year farmer’s market.

So next time you’re walking through the produce section of the store and the Dirty Dozen list pops into your head, ask for Nate or Twon. They’ll be happy to tell you more about the Dirty Dozen. In fact, they’ll be able to tell you where all our produce came from and who grew it. Need recipes or cooking instructions? No problem, all our Pogue’s Run Grocer employees have been carefully selected to be the best possible resources you.

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