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Best Places to Buy Affordable Organic Groceries Online

From chicken wings to chips, we found a few budget-friendly options for buying organic online.

Although there may be some common misconceptions about organic foods, eating organically generally tends to be better for your health and for the planet. Organic meats and certain types of produce have fewer preservatives, additives and other potentially harmful chemicals going into your body, plus the lack of pesticides and synthetic fertilizer benefits the planet.  

Depending on where you live, access to organic food can be limited and often what is available is expensive. Buying organic food online opens up your options, and we found online retailers that sell organic fruits, vegetables, meats and other grocery items at prices that won't bust your budget. Choosing organic over nonorganic will almost always cost you more, but if you poke around a bit you'll find there are affordable organic options, from chicken to chips. 

And if you're wondering if it's generally cheaper to buy groceries online, we did the math and the results might surprise you. Here are the best places to buy organic groceries online in 2022.

Best places to buy organic groceries online

Farmbox Direct

This produce delivery service has options for both organic and non-organic produce deliveries. A medium box of organic produce will cost you $66 and includes either all vegetables, all fruit or a combination of both. While the selections are a bit dependent on what the farmers are harvesting, you'll get to customize your box with five substitutions depending on what's available. If you don't make subs, Farmbox will send a mixed box of organic produce for you. 

There's a $6 shipping charge for each box. You can easily skip a week's shipment if you don't think you'll need it and cancel or pause your subscription at any time.

Amazon Fresh

If you don't have access to good local produce, Amazon Fresh has one of the largest selections of organic produce available for delivery. You'll find staples like organic greens, kale, cucumbers, carrots and onions. But you can also stock your cart with harder-to-find produce such as organic herbs and fruit like mangos and pluots. In typical fashion, Amazon is able to keep prices low, so you'll often get organic produce at an equal or lower cost than a grocery store.

Thrive Market

Thrive Market is an online grocery membership service that specializes in healthy, organic foods. If you don't have a good market with organic goods, you'll be able to find a lot of them at Thrive. That includes organic beans, canned foods, spices, tea, coffee, nut milk and snacks. Not everything stocked by Thrive is organic but the service has a higher rate of organic options than most, often at cheaper prices than the supermarket. 

Membership to Thrive costs $60 a year or $5 a month, and gets you exclusive member deals and free gifts. You can set up recurring deliveries on staples and save a bit or just order as you go.

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FreshDirect is currently only available in the Northeast but the grocery delivery service stocks a range of organic meats including chicken, beef, ground turkey and sausages. FreshDirect stocks Farmer's Focus, an organic poultry brand. You'll also see a selection of Applegate Farms' frozen products including breaded chicken tenders and patties, all of which are humanely raised and some of which are organic. 

Wild Fork Foods

If you're craving chicken wings, you're in luck -- the classic game-day fare recently dropped to a lower price per pound than before the pandemic. Wild Fork Foods has organic wings as cheap as $5 a pound, along with other meats at budget prices.

Crowd Cow

Of the online butchers we've tried, Crowd Cow has just about the largest selections of meats and that includes lots of organic chicken options. 

The service allows you to build a box with organic chicken, beef, pork, sausages, seafood and specialty meats too. If it's organic meat you're looking for, you can simply plug organic into the search bar and see options that include Farmer Focus whole chickens, chicken thighs, wings and breasts. There's also organic ground beef, precooked meatballs and several variety packs to choose from. 

With Crowd Cow, you can order a one-time delivery or make it a recurring order and save 5% on each shipment. 


Buying organic beef is an option, but many would argue that truly grass-fed beef (beef that is raised on a diet of only grass) is better for you than grain-fed beef, even if it's fed organic grain.

While it's not certified organic, ButcherBox sells only grass-fed beef along with organic chicken and other quality meats. This butcher is a subscription service so you can't make a one-time order. You can customize your box as you go and skip deliveries or pause your subscription, as needed.

Verde Farms

Amazon Fresh doesn't have a massive supply of organic meats but they do stock Verde Farms 100% grass-fed, organic beef and some cuts can be had at Amazon's signature discounted prices. A two-pack of sirloin steaks goes for just $16 or nab a pound of ground beef for just $8.

Greensbury Farms

If you want truly organic, grass-fed beef you have options but you'll pay a little extra for it. Greensbury Farms stocks a large inventory of USDA organic ground beef, steaks and roasts. A two-pack of 10-ounce ribeyes or strip steaks will run you $36. A 2-pound package of ground beef goes for $25.

Greensbury also stocks organic chicken, turkey, wild seafood and more.

Green Chef

If you're looking for organic meal kits, Green Chef is the best service to try. The mostly organic meal kit service sources high-quality ingredients for complete meals and sends them to your door to whip up easy, healthy meals. While not every product can be certified organic, Green Chef aims to include as much organic meat and produce as possible. This means the price per serving is a little higher than other meal kit companies -- about $12 for the cheapest plan -- but it's your best option if eating organic is important to you.

Read CNET's full review of Green Chef here

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