Tips to Shopping at your Farmer’s Market!
Shopping at the local farmer’s market is a wonderful way to experience your local community and sample the variety of local specialties.
Here are a few tips from the experts on making the most of your visit!
Walk the Loop
Depending on the size of your market and the number of vendors, you may want to walk around and check out each vendor, their offerings, and their prices before making a purchase. Make note of the location of each vendor you like and make your purchases at the end of your visit. Find out if they are regulars and where else they may sell their products.
Carrying your Purchases
Make sure to bring a strong bag to carry your purchases. If you plan on buying large quantities, you may prefer to bring a collapsible wagon that can easily hold larger quantities or heavier items, such as pumpkins.
Bring a Cooler
If you are buying perishables that require refrigeration, make sure to stash a cooler in the back of your vehicle. This is especially true if you live far from the market or if you plan on making additional stops before heading home.
Buy in Season
You may not find berries in September, but you are sure to find peaches and apples. Make sure to ask about the local seasonal specialties and highlight your meals with the season’s best picks. This is especially important if you would like to can your own fruit and vegetables. You may also get a deal on larger purchases, so don’t be afraid to ask!
Ask around to see which vendors have recipes to share! This is a great way to experiment with new meals your whole family is sure to love!
TIP OF THE WEEK: Many markets are not equipped to accept credit cards so be sure to inquire ahead on the acceptable payment methods.
SEASONAL FAVORITES EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR: Check our these STATE SPECIFIC SEASONALITY GUIDES to find the best fruits & vegetables for your area every month of the year!