We all know and want to eat more fresh, local organic produce. This means shifting our buying habits to purchasing more frequently rather than always buying in bulk. One of the best places to purchase local, organic produce is your local Farmer Market. Here are 5 tips to make the most of your experience.
1. Create a Meal Plan
Buy what you need often. Know what you need by meal planning.
2. Have Small Bills with You (Cash)
Some farmers do not accept debit/credit cards and many do not have a lot of change. So, having 1's and 5's will help you out.
3. Take Your Own Bags
Do your part in saving our planet by regularly utilizing reusable shopping bags. Not only is this good for the environment, it is also helpful as many farmers to not have grocery bags to transport your items.
4. Go Early or Go Late
Going early gets you the best selections. If selecting the absolute best of the best is important to you, arrive as close to market open as possible. Going late gets you the best deals. If saving money or getting discounted bulk items is important to you, go just before the market closes.
5. Ask the Farmer
Most of the time, you are meeting the person who actually grew the produce you are purchasing. Take advantage of this and ask questions. Really know and understand where your food comes from. Some questions to ask are:
Where is your farm located? Is it a public farm?
Is the farm organic?
Does the farm spray any pesticides?
How long has the farm been in operation?
When was the produce picked?
Best practices on ways to prepare and store