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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. This is such an informative post and is really helpful for me because I’m just beginning to grocery shop and stuff on my own. I can’t wait to hit the farmer’s market soon.

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  2. I often skip farmer’s markets because I just like stopping at the store. However, after this post, I definitely want to try it out. This is a great post!

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  3. I loved your post! These are some essential tips that I will totally put to use the next time I go to the farmers market. I really liked the tip about what time to arrive I never knew that vendors gave a discount towards the end I’d call that a farmers market hack!

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  4. Great advice! I love farmer’s markets, just wish they were longer here. We have a short growing season here in Alaska.

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  5. Love it! I haven’t been to a farmer’s market that required this much prep yet but my husband and I are hoping to become market sellers one day! Thanks for sharing your experience. ❤

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  6. I love fresh foods! I try to go to the farmers market but I never have the time for it.

    Love always,

    Zineb

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  7. Oh, I love this. We go to the farmers market and local farms for fruits & veggies all the time. I love supporting local farmers. ❤

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  8. Oh! This makes me want to go to a farmer’s market so bad! Unfortunately, they aren’t so popular where I live. The closest one is about two hours away and is really just a small tent on the side of the road. I’m so jealous! I miss Farmer’s markets.

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  9. Growing up there was a farmer’s market a block from my house in the summer months and I remember walking over with my mom and picking up fruit and then I always made sure to stop at the ice cream booth before we left! Farmer’s market holds some good memories. I love your pictures too!

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  10. These are great tips. I love fresh foods from a farmer’s market. We have several small local ones around where I live, however I wish we had more that were larger in size with a greater variety. Oh well. At least they are here!

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing. I love going to Farmer’s Markets, and it never fails… I will not have enough cash or bags to carry everything.

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  12. These are all great tips. We get our produce from the farmer’s market whenever we can. The veggies are really fresh and the fruits are the juiciest ever. I always enjoy my time there and get some fresh bread too.

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  13. Every weekend during the summer we take our dogs and head downtown to the farmer’s market. I always go for the flowers, but end up coming home with so much more because everything looks so good! I wish summer produce would last all year long. x

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  14. I used to just ask where the organic corner is at our farmers market until I got used to it. I also agree with you on bringing your own bag. However on being late, I prefer getting there early to secure all the fresh stuff

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  15. This is so helpful! I love going to farmers’ markets–they’re a great way to get to know a community and try new produce you might not be able to get at your regular grocery store. Great tips, especially about knowing how to price items so you’re sure to get a good deal!

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  16. I love open air farmers markets! Just makes me feel more in touch.. I have no clue why. I am currently on the search for a new market to visit. Thank you for sharing

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  17. I don’t like visiting Farmer’s Market as it is always crowded where I stay! I prefer going to Publix and do the grocery shopping at my own pace!

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  18. This was a great read! I always enjoyed going to the Farmer’s Market but haven’t been in a while. I need to go again! The downside is lugging all that great produce back to the apartment…but so worth it. Thanks for the reminder.

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  19. Such good tips. I’ve never been to one, hopefully this will give me the zeal to go. I love to go and pick me some fruits and vegetables. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. If i go to the farmer’s market I end up buying everything! And I mean everything! I love the home grown fruits and vegetables and the homemade cakes. They are so delicious!

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