Easy farmers market tips

Going to the farmers market is something I always look forward to.  Usually on Sundays after we finish a long run we hit the farmers market before coming home.  In my opinion nothing starts the morning off better than a crepe made fresh right in front of you, then wandering around to pick out  your week’s worth of produce.  With spring upon us, there is no better time year to visit your local market.  The weather is becoming beautiful and the produce is coming into season.  To find a farmers market in your area, click here.

The has given us 13 easy tips to ensure we get the most from our farmers’ market experience.

The typical vegetable now travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate. Now’s the season to buck the trend and reconnect with your food at your local farmers’ market. Here’s how.

1. If possible, plan to walk, ride a bike, or take public transit to your farmers’ market. Parking can be a hassle. Mid-week markets are quieter, but weekenders often have the best selection.

2. Shop early in the day to get the best food and to avoid missing out on unusual items.

3. Arrive with sturdy cloth bags, a backpack, or a basket, and plan to pay cash. Bring more money than you think you’ll need, and lots of small bills and change.

4. Three ways to save money: First, walk the whole market to check prices. Second, look for foods at their peak of seasonal abundance. Third, make arrangements with market farmers to buy bulk at a discount or to visit their farms for U-pick savings.

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Comment by Adam
2007-03-20 08:14:26

I really liked the link showing the Farmer’s Market locations. Turns out there is one right near my house this Saturday that I just might have to pay a visit to.

Comment by eric
2007-03-20 08:43:57

I think you will definitely enjoy it. There are a few good ones here in San Diego. Our favorites are La Jolla and Poway. Let us all know what you think!

Comment by Megan
2007-03-20 08:50:18

Also, of note is that the farmers markets (at least here in CA) have the most amazing flowers and herbs you’ve ever seen. It is well worth waiting for the weekend to stock up and fill your home with fresh, cool looking flowers and your fridge with green herbs that you would pay three times as much for elsewhere. Also, they last a lot longer, as they are more than likely picked fresh that morning!

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