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Monday, August 7, 2017

Farmers Market Tips



While I have been a bit to busy to grow my own garden this year I have found the next best thing. I have fallen in love with farmer markets. Have you vistied a farmers market lately?? Do you know where the closest market is to you?? You can easily find out by visiting here 



When you visit the farmers market be sure to bring cash. Cash talks and some vendors may not be able to accept credit cards or checks. Another great tip about cash is that you can allow yourself to bring only so much and not a penny more. That way you can spend what you have but not overspend. 



Be sure to know what times and days the farmer market is. Be early if you want you pick of the crop. If you are looking for a bargain shop later in the day, before the market closes, may allow you to get a better discount. 



The first thing that I do when I go to the farmers market is to take a walk around checking out what all the vendors have. Afterwards you will know what booths you would like to shop at first. I love to find a new product each time. From fresh to preserved there are many great things to try. 



Be prepared for the day at the market. If you are traveling to the market or will not be going straight home take a cooler with you to keep your treasures of fruit and vegetables cool and fresh. It is a good idea to bring your own bags and containers if possible because vendors do not always have them for you to use. 



One of the best things about shopping at a farmers market is that the vendors know everything about the products he or she sells so ask questions. Perhaps you want to know how it was grown or how to store it both should be easily answered by the vendor. Another great thing is that at a farmers market you are buying in season. 



Farmers market vendors normally are happy to sell large quantities of food or as much as they can at one time. Many times buying in bulk will get you a better deal. This is a great idea if you plan to do a batch of freezing or canning 



If you head out and find a great farmers market tell your friends and family about it. While the market you visit may offer great new foods to try and products for the family no one will know about it if you dont share. Farmers markets survive by having lots of support. Many vendors are exactly as the name says farmers or home gardeners. 









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