Below are seven tips to make the most of your trip to the farmers market.
1. Know what is coming available.
By following the Facebook groups of your farmers market and your favorite farmers, you will be aware of upcoming produce and products. This is also a great way to ask questions when the vendors are not busy.
2. Come prepared with a shopping cart, bags, small bills, and weather appropriate clothes.
I love my folding shopping cart that allows me to buy and not have to carry purchases that may impede my further shopping. In addition, please, bring small bills! Farmers are not ATMs and odds are there is not an ATM within walking distance.
3. This is not the place to haggle.
In general, we understand that you are looking for a deal, and there are many!
This is a farmers market, not a flea market.
The vendors here have a lot of sweat equity in the items for sale. Many have been up most of the night to bring them to you fresh and properly ripe.
Stroll through the market before you buy to see what is in season, new, and fresh.
4. Make sure your dogs and children are supervised and happy.
The farmers and other vendors have animals and children, but when yours are unsupervised, it can cause harm to the children, the vendor’s merchandise, and your overall experience.
If you are bringing out the family, stake out a picnic table, let the kids play while one of you watches and the other shops. Enjoy the live music, a cold drink, and make it a leisurely fun family day for all.