Visit a Farm Stand or Market for fresh produce!
Last updated May 8, 2020
One of the best things about farmers’ markets is that they’re populated by local farmers. By shopping there you are scoring great deals on fresh foods plus doing your part to help your local economy.
1. Know your Season- knowing what’s in season will help with your realistic expectations. Learn what grows in our area and when. Talk to growers about what produce will be available in upcoming weeks.
2. Time your Visit- avoid peak time, go early or late. Going early assures the best selection; going late can bring best deals. Generally, the best goods go first and discounts appear just before closing. Keep in mind that farmers raise this food for a living so don’t expect deep price cuts.
3. Bring Big Bags and Small Change - avoid using thin plastic bags. Instead, bring canvas or nylon sturdy bags to assure that your groceries will make it home safe. The purchases will go easier and quicker if you have exact, or close to exact, change.
4. Plan Meals ahead of Time - planning the meals for the upcoming week will help to get exactly what and how much you need.
5. Be flexible - although the meal planning will make shopping more efficient, allow a little room for exploring new things you haven’t tried before.
6. Buy in Volume – you’ll get the best prices when you buy in bulk. This can be handy for cooking in batches, canning or freezing.
7. Invest in Wheels - if shopping in bulk regularly, consider acquiring a cart to get your shopping home in one trip. If you have a baby, strollers are great to stow your goods and hang bags on the handles.
8. Talk to your Farmer – ask the farmers how to use the produce you have seen before. For the best tips ask them how they like to eat it.
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