We love farmer markets! You usually get to talk to the farmers who grow the produce themselves and you get to know exactly where the food is coming from. Plus, they always seem to taste delicious and fresh.! Our clients always have a few questions about shopping at Farmer’s Markets and we have certain things we like to keep in mind for when we go to the Farmer’s Market to make the most of the experience. Here are our top tips:
1 Get to Know the Growers. It’s great to ask questions so you can know what type of pesticides they may or may not be using. You could even get some tips from them on how to get your veggies and produce to stay ripe and also maybe get some delicious recipes!
Keep in mind that just because a food is locally grown, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s organic. This is important to know if you want to purchase organically grown produce.
2. Know Your Seasons and Plan Ahead. Obviously you know it’s soon to be fall, so simply get to know when certain foods are at their peak so you can get the very best out of your farmers market visit! For example, over the summer, you may not want to go to the Farmer’s Market in search of apples as it may be tough to find great apples since their season is in the fall.
Fruits and veggies usually cost less when they are in season as well!
3. Don’t Forget to Wash. No matter where you’re buying your fruits and veggies, you MUST wash them before consuming. Most foods can be washed in cold water but some other veggies require extra care. Salad greens should be washed thoroughly in a bowl, while apples or carrots, for example, need to be washed with the skin on, as well as when you take the skin off, if desired, for the best protection from dirt and potential bacteria that could be found.
4. Come Prepared. Most growers will only accept cash. So be sure to have a little stash of money set aside for your visits. Also, bring some reusable grocery bags to save time when sometimes they don’t provide their own bags. Rather be safe than sorry, especially if you have lots of goodies to take home.
It’s a perfect time of year to hit up the farmers markets since they will be quickly coming to a close before you know it. It’s your last chance, so take advantage and get some delicious goodies before it’s too late!
What are some tips you have for shopping at farmer markets?