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Local producer and health food store owner offer tips on how to make eating organically more affordable

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Dr. Rob Herron says the Pittsburg community needed something.

"It's a desert for healthy living foods. Some of the grocery stores here do carry items that are helpful, but they can't have the supply necessarily and the diversity that we can have in a dedicated store."

So he opened Bear Toes Healthy Living, a shop dedicated to everything natural, from bulk grains and nuts to specialty yogurts.  

There's also organic produce, which some customers say is important.

"Because of all the pesticides and the chemicals that are put in foods," said Pittsburg resident Christine Cook.

Organic foods tend to be pricier, but there are ways to buy them more affordably.  

Trent Kling is a producer at the Pittsburg Farmers Market. He says to save money, you don't always have to buy organic. Take foods with thicker skin for instance.

"So you're looking a bananas, oranges, grapefruits, then the level of pesticides that will be in the actual fruit itself is going to be someone limited," said KlKlinghen buying organic, another way to save money is to buy fruits and vegetables that are in season,

"You're going to get a lot better deal on it. You're going to find you're going to be able to stretch your budge a lot further if you buy zucchini in July that's organic or locally-sourced than if you buy organic zucchini in January because it's coming from a different location."

And its also good for the environment..

"Local produce cuts down on the carbon footprint. You know, you're hauling your tomatoes in from argentina."

And buying local also opens up an opportunity to spark an on-going conversation..

"We want to be that area where someone can come in and maybe have an exchange of  ideas, said Dr. Herron. "We don't know everything about the health food industry. We're learning as well, and so, as the people come in, a lot times they can teach us as well." 

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