The farmers market is the go-to when you want a fresh and natural variety of fruits & vegetables. However, so much of a variety might leave you stuck with empty hands OR walking out with unnecessary baggage. The best thing to do before you go to the farmers market is to be prepared. Here’s a list of things I do before heading out:
Some vendors don’t accept credit or debit cards. I know - I know it’s 2019, but the last thing you want to do is miss out on a deal just because you don't have cash.
Find out what’s in season
Fruits & vegetables picked at the peak of their ripeness are always better tasting and full of flavor. If you have to choose, choose the selection that’s in season.
Get info on your favorite vendors
Vendors may have their products in stores that you can buy elsewhere. Get info on your favorite vendors just in case you can’t always make it to the farmers market.
Come early for fresh selection
Arriving early guarantees you will be shopping the selection that has just been put out. All the produce won’t be picked over and you’ll have way more options.
Arrive late for the best deals
If you are never on time like me, don’t worry. Arriving late might guarantee you some good deals. The farmers don’t want to bring a load of produce back to the farm so they will usually let you bargain for some good deals on what’s left.
Bring a bag
The last thing you want to do is carry around your buys in your hands. I bring my farmers market shopping bag each time so I don't have to worry about that. I see a lot of people bring a little cart with wheels so they’re not killing their arms carrying around watermelons. I’m definitely going to invest in one.
Look at every vendor to get the best deal
The last thing you want to do is buy the first bunch of strawberries you see… then walk to the end of the market and see them in better quality for a better price. Check out the whole thing first, do a loop, then make your decisions.
Don’t over spend
Listen, I completely understand. All this beautiful food, natural soaps, flowers, and other things you really don’t need it’s hard not to want to buy everything. Just keep in mind what you’re going for and don’t get too crazy.
Have a budget
The best way to make sure you don't over spend is to set a budget. How much do you want to spend exactly? How many items do you want to get?
Buy for that day
Don’t forget how quickly fresh fruits and vegetables go bad. Farmers bring produce that is already ripe and ready to go so make sure you have intentions on using what you buy.
Following these tips will give you the best shopping experience ever. Not that any shopping experience isn’t great because trust me I love them all, but you get the point. I’ve included a farmers market checklist printable that you can take with you to stay on track. I got you sis, just click the link below to download it :-)
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