Yesterday I posted part 1 of this 2 part series talking about my own tips for making the most of your local farmers market. After posting yesterday’s post I realized that many people have very different market experiences. Some people love it and wouldn’t consider anything else, while other people see it as a chore. It is my hope that with the application of some of these tips you can not only grow to love your market experience, but also get more out of each trip as well.
If after reading these tips you still have any questions, I welcome you to reach out to me and hopefully I can help you to clear up any uncertainties.
So without any further ado – here are the rest of my tips for expert farmers market shopping:
06. Don’t be afraid to try new items
I think a big reason why a lot of people go to the farmers market once only to never return is because they see the vast assortment of products and immediately feel overwhelmed. And I’ll admit, at first the task of searching through all the unknown varieties can certainly seem like a daunting task. But if you look at it in a new perspective – part of the fun is in getting to try a variety of all new things! If you’re not sure what something is or how you might prepare it once you’re at home, don’t be afraid to ask for advice or help. Usually those who are manning the booths are more than happy to lend a tip or easy recipe.
07. Get to know what’s fresh and in season
Before you head out to the farmer’s market, do a quick web search to see what produce is currently in season. This not only allows for you to know what’s the best option when deciding what to purchase, but it also makes it so that you can plan ahead of time what to look for and feel pretty confident that you’ll be able to find it.
08. Plan your meals
Do you find yourself going out to dinner simply because you don’t know what to cook yourself? This is a common problem and you’re definitely not alone, but if you plan your meals ahead and purchase the ingredients to make them, you’re much less likely to hit up that burger joint and much more likely to make your meals yourself.
09. Make healthy decisions
Many people complain that eating whole fruits and vegetables is expensive – and when you’re shopping solely from the organic section of your local health store those prices can certainly add up quickly. If you’re worried about pesticides used, etc don’t hesitate to ask the people selling the food. They should tell you and this will help you to make an informed decision. But at the end of the day, even if you still feel that shopping for vegetables is expensive, rest assured that you’re not only making healthier decisions but also helping out local workers at the same time.
10. Support farmers
This one is a big one. The farmers that grow the foods that you see at the farmers market depend on making those sales to support not only themselves but the people that they hire to help. By buying from them, they are able to get great food for yourself, but help them to continue to do what they love. You help them, they help you. It’s a beautiful, healthy, tasty relationship.
Do you have any more tips for shopping at a farmers market? If so, please share in the comments section, on Facebook, or tweet me @tipsy_writer!