Tips for Shopping at Farmer’s Markets
Shopping at your local farmer's market can be a great way to save money on fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as a way to add a bit of variety to your diet. On the other hand, all the options can overwhelm newcomers to the market scene. Here are a few tips for making your first trip to the farmers market quick and easy.
- Go early in the day or late in the evening: The mid day crowd is usually enormous, so getting there early or late can make it easier to browse through the aisles and take your pick of what the venders have to offer. Going early in the morning means you can get the best pick of the fruit and vegetables for the day, while going in the evening means you will get the leftovers, and may be able to haggle the price down a bit.
- Plan to buy in volume: You can save money and get the best value at farmers market if you purchase items in bulk quantities. This means it is a good idea to prepare your refrigerator ahead of time for the new additions, as well as carrying enough bags with you to transport all of your purchases home.
- Bring small bills: The farmers market isn't a place for high-rollers. Don't break out a $100 bill and expect them to have change; instead, bring $1s and $5s, as well as a bit of coin. This makes it easier to shop without worrying about overpaying because it's all you have. On the other hand, you'll probably be so tempted by all the gorgeous colors that it's hard to turn down any of the produce.
Farmers markets are a great way to support your local economy and add a bit of color into your meals. Go with a friend and make a day of fun out of it.