Mar 20th, 2007
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 100milediet.org 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.