7 Tips for Farmers Market Visitors

If you have not been to a farmers market before it's easy to feel a little lost on your first visit.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you go.  
  1. Take reusable bags with you.  Some farmers may give you a plastic bag if you don't have something or they may give you nothing at all leaving you to juggle your veggies all the way to the car.
  2. Bring cash in small bills.  Ones, fives and tens are best.
  3. Ask questions.  The farmers like to talk about their products.  Get to know where their farm is located, and what they will be offering that season.  Ask about the growing process and what, if any, chemicals were used. 
  4. The produce is usually displayed in baskets.  If you don't want the full amount, just ask.  You can typically get less.  
  5. Stroll through the entire market first.  Some vendors offer samples for you to try.  Ask questions, see what is available and then go back through and decide.
  6. Don't go in with an agenda.  Remember these farmers are offering seasonal produce that can be grown in your area.  Don't expect to find bananas.  As the season progresses you'll see produce come and go.  
  7. If you see something new, don't be afraid to try it.  If you're unsure how to cook it, ask the farmer!  Many of them have recipes they will share with you.  It's a great opportunity to try something new.  
Find the nearest farmers market through Local Harvest.