I love going to our local farmers market on Saturday mornings. There is just something so fun and fresh and healthy about that place.
Our farmers market is on the main street of our little town. There are booths full of fresh fruits and vegetables, grass fed meat, fresh eggs and milk herd share signups. There are also booths with wood crafts, pottery, photography and other handmade goods. You can buy bread, baked goods and fresh honey. Usually there is a musician playing live music in the background. It is a lively place that centers around local, healthy food and goods.
For someone that is coming for the first time, all of this activity can be a little overwhelming. Where do I start first?
This is the reason I created this blog post. I want to give farmers market shoppers a guide to help them make the most out of their visit.
What do I take to the Farmers Market?
- Cash-There may be places you can use a debit/credit card or write a check, but it is easier for everyone if you bring cash.
- A Bag or Basket-You will need somewhere to put all of your new found treasures. There probably won’t be any shopping carts available.
- A Happy Attitude-The farmers market is a fun, happy place and you will enjoy it more if you are in a good mood as well.
- Patience-It may be busy at the booth you want to shop at. Either wait patiently or move on and come back later when there aren’t as many people.
Where do I start?
I would start by browsing past the booths one time before you get seriously shopping. You can see what is available throughout the booths so that you can see what kind of selection there is and where the best prices are.
How do I act?
When you go to the farmers market, you want to be interested in the farmers/tradesmen that are selling their products.
You can ask the farmer how he treats his garden or his animals. Does he follow organic practices? Does he let his chickens free range? He will be happy to tell you what you would like to know.
You can ask the tradesman about their craft and how long they have been in that trade. Most likely they will be happy to visit (if they aren’t too busy) and you can have a better understanding about the products you are buying.
Why should I go in the first place?
The farmers market is a wonderful place to buy local food and homemade products. It is worth taking the time to buy straight from the farmer or tradesman. You will feel closer to your community and the food you are feeding your family. You are also buying super fresh food that was probably picked the day before the sale. How is that for fresh!
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Tips and tricks to make the experience joyful:
- Come early-The best selection for produce, baked goods and handmade products will be in the morning when the market first opens.
- Enjoy the Atmosphere-Take a minute to listen to the music or eat a baked good. Soak in the good vibes to remember for the rest of the week.
- Haggle-Don’t be afraid to negotiate prices to get a better deal.
- Stay late-Farmers don’t want to take their produce back home, so if you are there at closing time you might find really good deals on what’s left over.
- Get to know the sellers-The market is a great place to meet like minded people and local farmers. When the SHTF, you will know how to feed your family and barter for supplies because you know how to contact your local farmers and tradesmen.
- Tell your friends-Don’t keep this awesome experience to yourself! Tell your friends and family about all of the fun stuff you found at the farmers market. The more, the merrier.
How do I find a farmers market by me?
Check out this website to find a farmers market in your area: https://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/
Visiting the farmers market is a great way to spend a summer morning. Just being around so many people that appreciate local, fresh food in a community atmosphere is uplifting. You can find some great deals on organic produce without paying organic prices.
What do you love about your farmers market? Please let us know in the comments below. And if you found this post helpful, please share. Thanks!