What is the "Dirty Dozen"?

What is the "Dirty Dozen?" Great question.

The "Dirty Dozen" refers to the top 12 produce items that most often contain pesticides.  Typically grown non-organically, farmers will use pesticides on their crops to prevent insect damage and to ensure higher crop yields. However, in many cases, the "residue" of these insecticides will be found on the marketed produce. So what does this mean for you? First off, we are not trying to push the scare button, nor are we saying you should avoid purchasing these produce items from your local supermarket altogether. Chances are, if you wash these veggies thoroughly, you will probably be okay. We are only presenting relevant information for your awareness, and so you can make more informed decisions about the food you eat. Below is the 2019 “Dirty Dozen List”…

1. Strawberries
2. Spinach
3. Kale
4. Nectarines
5. Apples
6. Grapes
7. Peaches
8. Cherries
9. Pears
10. Tomatoes
11. Celery
12. Potatoes

As an Organic Farm, CCF does not use pesticides or any kind of chemicals when growing our produce.

Thanks for reading!


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