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A Beginner's Guide to Farmer's Market Shopping

Posted by Nature's Path on May 25, 2017 under Organic News & Sustainability

A Beginner's Guide to Farmer's Market Shopping | Nature's Path

There's nothing like a trip to the farmers market. Gorgeous produce row upon row, freshly baked goodies at every corner, and smiles all around.

You may already know the benefits of farmers market shopping, but you might not know all the secrets when it comes to picking the freshest produce and getting the most bang for your buck. Have a fun and comfortable trip with our 6 tips below.

 

Tips for a Successful Trip to the Market

 

1. Go Early

A Beginner's Guide to Farmer's Market Shopping | Nature's Path

Ensure you have the best pick of market goodies. Produce often sells out near the end of the day.

The other side of the coin: you can sometimes score sweet deals just before the markets close as farmers would rather sell their local produce fresh rather than cart it back to the farm.

 

2. Bring Reusable Bags

A Beginner's Guide to Farmer's Market Shopping | Nature's Path

Farms often do not supply bags and you’ll be helping the planet by bringing your own.

 

3. Bring Cash & Small Bills

A Beginner's Guide to Farmer's Market Shopping | Nature's Path

While some of the bigger markets accept credit cards, most work on a cash only basis.

 

4. Do a Quick Lap Upon Arrival

A Beginner's Guide to Farmer's Market Shopping | Nature's Path

Survey each stall and mentally take note of who has the juiciest looking strawberries and the ripest tomatoes.

 

5. Purchase Your Heaviest Items Last

A Beginner's Guide to Farmer's Market Shopping | Nature's Path

Who wants to lug a 5lb bag of carrots around the market all morning?

 

6. Ask Questions!

A Beginner's Guide to Farmer's Market Shopping | Nature's Path

Learn about the foods you are buying and the best ways to prepare them.

 

Feeling ready to take on your local farmer's market this weekend? Use your farmer's market finds and throw a vegetarian BBQ or make a delicious chef-crafted farm-to-table meal!

 

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