How to Navigate the Farmers Market This Summer
Now that it is warming up, many cities are hosting their local farmers markets. Shopping the farmer’s market is a great experience when compared to the regular grocery shopping. You get to enjoy walking around, visiting many vendors in the open air. Some farmers markets are so large though that it can be intimidating to know where to start. Start with cash in hand and try these tips to have the best experience.
Try Something New
The farmers market is a great opportunity to try new types of produce. The produce offered is locally grown and in season. Not sure what something is or how to cook it? Just ask the vendors. They are very knowledgeable about what they grow and sell. Also, if you do not normally buy a certain type of produce from the store, buy it at a farmer’s market because they will be more flavorful then the produce at the store.
Buy in Bulk
Many vendors will store their products in larger boxes or crates, and allow you to buy more produce for a smaller price. If you find something you love and know you will use, then buy it in bulk and ask for a discount. If the vendor does not have produce in bulk boxes or bags, you can still ask if they would give you a deal for buying more.
Make a Lap First
There is no need to feel pressured to buy right away. Instead, make a lap around the market to look at everything. Just enjoy the sights. Once you made one lap, you will better know what you want to buy and who had the best prices.
If you are not sure if you will like a certain produce or product, ask for a sample. Many vendors are more than happy to offer samples so that you can get a better idea of how good their product is.
Enjoy the Experience
Going to the farmers market is much more than just picking up fresh produce. It is a fun experience, so enjoy it. Try some of the prepared food from local vendors, such as fresh smoothies or homemade tacos. Listen to good music. Talk with the vendors and learn more about them. Go for the experience, and you will not be diasppointed.
Going to a farmers market should be on your to-do list this summer. You may just find a new amazing produce that you love.
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