8 GREAT Shopping Tips for Your Local Farmers’ Market
We’re lucky to live in California, not only do we share some of the most spectacular scenery in the U.S., but we enjoy a perfect climate year round that affords us the opportunity to frequent California Certified Farmers’ Markets – for everything from heirloom tomatoes, and assorted seasonal fruit – to pumpkins, local honey, flowers, unique food treats, entertainment and more! The next time you visit your local farmers’ market, remember these 8 GREAT shopping tips from the California Federation of Certified Farmers’ Markets!
- Walk through the entire market and look at all the offerings before you buy. There are many differences in prices for the same produce type and quality.
- Bring lots of small bills and change. You will be paying at each individual farmer’s stand and there is no central checkout or ATM.
- Certified Farmers’ Markets are permitted Food Facilities and so no dogs (except service dogs) are allowed. Also look for signage that prohibits smoking.
- Bring large cloth or net shopping bags – ALWAYS better than using single-use plastic bags!
- Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
- Bargaining for small amounts is not well received. Bargaining for big boxes or great amounts is usually acceptable. Remember that these are the growers of the produce. Do not insult them with unnecessary and small quantity bargaining. They worked very hard to sell so cheap.
- Some of the best tasting fruit is cosmetically challenged. Most of the produce is vine or tree ripened. This means they can be delicate to the touch, so be careful not to damage the farmer’s pride and joy.
- If the farmer is not too busy, do not hesitate to ask questions about recipes or growing methods. You might even get to know each other’s name!
- To find your local farmers’ market visit: http://www.cafarmersmarkets.com/index.cfm
- Or download the FREE
- iphone app here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/california-certified-farmers/id431808425?mt=8