Our local Farmers Market opened early this year and I was so excited. While I was there, I kept thinking of tips that would make your next trip a bit easier-
- Bring Cash- Most merchants nowadays have card readers, but most farmers do not. Make sure to bring small bills, so you don’t take all of their change.
- BYOB- Bring your own bags. It makes it much easier to fill your recyclable bags rather than carrying everything in your hands or worse, using plastic bags.
- Ask Questions- Ask the farmer where their produce was grown or better yet, ask them for new recipe ideas. They know their food the best, so make sure to pick their brains. They’re usually happy to give you any tips you may need.
- Think Outside the Box- Don’t go to the Farmers Market just for fruits and veggies. The Farmers Market has much more to offer, like breads, cheeses, jams, and candy!
- Make a List- Make a list so you know what you want/need. You don’t want to get more than you’ll use because it will go bad and waste is never a good thing.
- Make a Lap- Go around to each booth at least once. You want to see what everyone’s got, plus, you always want to get the best prices.
- Go Hungry- Most vendors and farmers have samples for you to try. Also, more and more food trucks are coming to the Farmers Market, so there will be plenty of food options.
- Arrive Early or Late- If you go early, the weather is still nice. If you go late, the merchants are usually offering the best deals because they don’t want to pack everything up to take home.
- Stay Protected- Remember your sunscreen and/or hats! Most Farmers Markets are outdoors and in direct sunlight. Always better safe than sorry in my opinion.
I hope these tips help and you’re not so overwhelmed during your next Farmers Market adventure! Thank you for stopping by; have a fAB week 🙂