Tips for Shopping at a Farmer’s Market
- Bring Cash
Even though some vendors may accept credit or debit cards, it is important that you bring cash because most vendors do not accept anything other than cash. Cash is a safe bet for a farmer’s market to ensure you get everything you want to and need to.
- Make a Loop First
Before you start purchasing anything, walk around the farmer’s market first and look at all the vendors and their prices. The first vendor you see might have what you need but so will the 20th vendor and it’ll be cheaper. Doing this will help you save money and still be able to purchase what you need to get.
- Choose Your Time
If you are a person who doesn’t care what type of produce you get, then you can go any time of day. However, if you are one who wants the freshest produce then arrive at the very start of the farmer’s market. This will ensure you are getting the biggest and most fresh produce that the vendor has to offer.
- Ask Questions
At a grocery store someone may not know where everything came from but at a farmer’s market its the vendors job to know everything about the products they are selling. You should ask questions so you know if these were grown organically or with pesticides. There are many questions you can ask so you know exactly what you are buying.
- Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk actually will save you money in the long run. You get more produce plus you save money. This is always important to think about. Sure, some things you may not need in bulk but you could always freeze items and store them until they are needed later.
- Buy in Season
Farmer’s markets are all locally grown produce that is in season. You will not find as wide of a variety as a grocery store due to the fact that all the produce is locally grown and not flown in from all over the world. Farmer’s markets are a great place for healthy foods that are locally grown.