Do you plan to be shopping at your local farmer’s market? If so, here are a few tips to get the most out of your day.

Find out when your Farmer’s Market opens and arrive early. The market might be less crowded and you will be able to pick the freshest produce and have the most options to choose from.

If you are looking for the best deals arrive just before closing since vendors might be willing to sell their unsold produce at lower prices.

When you first arrive walk through the entire market and check out the various vendors. This will give you and idea of the product and prices at the various booths.

One of the things I enjoy about shopping at your local Farmer’s Market is talking to the vendors. Find out where they are growing their vegetables. If they are selling something unusual find out how they use the vegetable. Do they have suggestions for cooking it?

Once you have decided on your purchases make the heavier purchases at the end so you don’t have to carry them around. 

Make sure your bring your own reusable bags and containers. In our state plastic bags have been banned. By brining your own bags you are helping to keep costs down, otherwise the vendors will have to charge for paper bags.

Although many vendors allow you to use credit cards it is best to bring cash. Have a set amount you plan to spend and by using cash you will not over spend on impulse items.

Until this year I had ever spent much time shopping at our Farmer’s Market, I grew a large vegetable garden that kept us supplied with our own vegetables and fruits. However this year I do not have a garden so I am supporting the local farmers. I look forward to shopping at our local farmer’s market each Saturday. Follow these helpful tips to make the most of shopping at your local farmer’s market!

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