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How Now: Farmer's Market Edition

Filed Under: food, seasonal

I've lived in my sleepy Midwest town all summer long and just realized the locals host a Farmer's Market each Wednesday. How exciting! I can't wait to tackle the aisles next week, especially now that I have these foolproof tips from Howcast!:

A few quick tips:

1) Walk around the entire market before buying anything. There's no sense in splurging for the $0.25 tomato when you can get six for a dollar from another vendor.

2) Never visit a farmer's market hungry! You wouldn't do it at the grocery, so don't do it at the market. Otherwise, you're likely to head home with bags of foods you'll never eat.

3) Try hitting the farmer's market late in the day. Vendors typically hate heading home with extra produce, so you're more likely to score a good deal on that pound of grapes. (Hint: If you want the best selection, visit the market early to avoid picked-over produce.)

Ready to tackle your local market? You'll be a produce connoisseur in no time...

  • Victor

    I actually work at farmers markets! Good pieces of advise above, here are a few more:

    Decide if you're shopping for quality or price. You can find some very delicious organic produce, if that's what you're looking for. You will pay more for that. You can also find non-organic produce that will cost less.

    Honestly, I've found that whether or not produce is organic has very little relation to the quality of the food. If the produce looks good (and smells good), it's going to taste good. Organic or not becomes a ethical choice.

    Ask for samples. Most vendors sample some of their product but they may have forgotten to put out the sample jar. If I'm at a market and I want a snack I'll just walk up and down the aisles grabbing a sample from each of the other vendors. (Don't take more than one though, that's just rude.)

    And lastly, don't get annoyed at the vendors. Not every one does the end of market sales mentioned above. A customer getting annoyed at me because I won't give them a discount is not going to make me change my mind!

    --Victor, bread seller

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