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How to Survive Your First Day At the Farmer’s Market

DSC_0043DSC_1062Who doesn’t love a little lavender? It always smells good and keeps me calm. Don’t these look fabulous?DSC_0064DSC_0097DSC_0035DSC_0014I am officially obsessed with going to the farmer’s market. I decided to head to the farmer’s market this weekend and check out the beautiful produce. This month would not be complete until I put some fresh flowers on the table. Going to the farmer’s market is a great way to spend your Saturday or Sunday. There is nothing like taking a stroll through the market. When I first started going to a farmer’s market, it was a bit overwhelming. But it can be fun strolling through the market and taking in all the scenery. Going to the market can not only be amazing but you can always get in touch with local artists. I figured I would give up some tips on how to make the most out of the farmer’s market. So grab your paper and pen and take a little note.

Better late than never. When it comes to the time, it can be hard to decide when to go. If you arrive early, then you have a better chance of having first pick. Also, it is less crowded and it can be less hot in the morning. If you come later, then you can miss a lot of good produce since people will often buy the best looking stuff first. What is left may be sold at a cheaper price though. More vendors are willing to give a discount at the end. No one wants to pack up everything. I think it is best to get in there mid-day,; that way you can enjoy the farmer’s market, scope out the place, and see if you like anything. It gives you a chance to relax and people watch. Mid-day is when the market comes alive.

BYOB. Bring your own bag. Especially if you want to do a little shopping. Not everyone has plastic bags. Bringing your own makes it easier to carry your goodies. I am sure that you have a reusable bag lying around. Just grab it before you walk out. And if you do not have one, most grocery stores sell them and they are inexpensive.

Cash is key. Now that you have grabbed your reusable bag, get some small bills. Not all vendors have a credit card machine. Plus when you have cash, it helps you control how much you are spending. I am sure you do not want to get hit with a credit card fee over a two dollar piece of fruit. Also some vendors do not accept larger bills or they might not have change for larger bills. 

Have a shopping adventure. Before you make it to the market, understand how much the produce is really worth. Understand that five dollars for two tomatoes is not a good deal. No sense in paying triple the price if you can find better deals elsewhere. It is good to know how much things cost outside this particular market. Having the ability to do your entire shopping at the farmer’s market is a task but it can happen with some planning. Farmer’s markets do sell other things like baked goods, coffee, bread, and eggs. Enjoy your time shopping around and get to know the merchants. Have fun with the shopping.

To be organic. If you are unsure about what organic produce looks like, just ask. The people you need to talk to are right in front of you. Sometimes organic food looks different. They are not as shiny or perfect-looking as non-organic produce. Sometimes organic produce has a little dirt on it and that’s alright. There is nothing wrong with it. Plants grow in the ground or fall off trees and sit in the dirt before somebody scoops them up. You can just wash the dirt off organic produce just like you would wash any fruit or vegetable.

On the table. After you get everything you need, it is time to get home and take care of your produce. First thing you should do is wash all produce carefully. I know we are all used to getting it from the store and not having to do much to the produce. The farmer’s markets are the freshest you can ever get. So make sure you wash them properly and store them in a proper container Also, be more mindful that the produce from a farmer’s market has a shorter life. Buy only what you need and are able to freeze, just in case you are not able to cook it all. There is nothing worse than having your produce go bad.

Summertime is upon us and farmer’s markets are going to be popping up everywhere. So next time you see one, stop on by. It gives you a chance to really connect and support your community. And it is always a great time for the family. You are now fully ready to conquer the market. Go on and enjoy your time!

Special thanks to Morris Farms for letting us take pictures with their beautiful produce!

130 thoughts on “How to Survive Your First Day At the Farmer’s Market

  1. Beautiful photos! I’m from Iowa, we LOVE a good farmers market here. 😊 These are really great tips! I’m glad you had a good time!!

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  2. The farmers markets here are always so busy!! It’s best to go really early for us. Parking is always an issue. Love lavender! So calming and beautiful.

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  3. Oh my the farmer’s market is my happy place! These are some great tips. I would also recommend trying something new. This is how I discovered kohlrabi, which is now one of my new favorite veggies!

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  4. i don’t get to farmer’s markets much because of my schedule but when i’m off or on vacation and i go i LOVE IT! you have such great tips for next time i go!

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  5. I have always wanted to go to the farmers market! At my college, we have a farmer’s market every Saturday morning 🙂

    Much love,
    Ashley | dearash.com

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  6. I love our Farmer’s Market here in Raleigh. I learned when I first moved here how unprepared I was! All of the tips you’ve listed here are so accurate; especially the cash tip. I’ve had to leave many a great tasting apples because I didn’t have cash!

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  7. Beautiful photos. My husband and I we love going to Farmers Market when we can. We buy most of our fruits and vegetables from Farmers Market. Great tips thank you for sharing.

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  8. I used to visit a Farmer’s Market religiously back when I grew up in Jersey. I need to venture off to the one that Dallas has because it’s not too far from my home. Great reminder and the lavender sounds heavenly.

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  9. I love buying produce at the farmer’s market! These are great tips, especially the BYOB and bring cash ones. Wish I knew that when I first started going to mine

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  10. I try to get to at least one farmer’s market every season. Usually, I’ll be able to get to 2 or 3. I really love all the different fresh, organic foods and the handmade items I can find in different places.

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  11. Great advice on the advantages of going early (top-notch picks) or going later (discounts!) – there’s no wrong time to go to a farmer’s market! Adding to my weekend list 🙂

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  12. I love going to the local market! I never really plan what I’m going to buy, other than I hit up the Ecuadorean food booth every.single.time. Sometimes I buy plants but we don’t have orchids like your beautiful photo!

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  13. I love the Farmer’s Market! Since I am vegan and gluten free, I especially love the tortillas that I get at the Farmer’s Market. They are WAY better than the tortillas sold in grocery stores!

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  14. Great pictures and tips! I plan on this summer going to my local farmers market to purchase fresh fruit and veg, I would of never thought to bring my own bag…thanks for sharing

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  15. I am so glad that I came across your post. I am actually going to be going to the farmers market here in my town for the first time in September. I have never been before but I have been trying to eat healthier and a friend suggested me getting some organic food from the farmers market. I am taking all your tips with me and I think I will try to get there earlier than later. Great post!

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