Friday, April 6, 2012

Let's go to Farmers' Market

How to Shop the Farmers Market Farmers markets offer one of the best ways to buy seasonal and local produce. Not only does it foster a sense of community non-existent at the supermarket, the prices are a steal! Though navigating a farmers market may appear daunting, we've devised a series of tips to ensure a smooth and stress-free visit. 1. Bring Cash and Your Own Bags: Not all vendors take credit cards so come with cash. Likewise, not all offer bags so remember to bring your own—plus, it’s better for the environment.
2. Go Early: For the best selection and thinner crowds, the earlier the better; markets tend to get more crowded later in the morning.
3. Start With A Walk-Through: Get the lay of the land by strolling through the market first, especially if you're a newbie. Size up what is available, fresh and in season.
4. Ask Questions: Ask the farmers about what looks good this time of year and about their growing practices. You can also get great tips on how to prepare produce that is new to you.
5. Buy in Bulk: Some of the best deals are found when you buy in bulk—you'll avoid all that excess packaging too! 

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