Farmers Market Shopping Guide – The Clubhouse – a blog by Menlo House

Some of the benefits of shopping at a farmers market include supporting local farmers and finding the freshest produce around. If you’re into the farm-to-table concept, then this is the best place for you. They sell everything from fresh produce to freshly baked bread, dips, seafood, coffee and much more. Thinking of going to one this weekend? Check out our ultimate farmers market shopping guide for tips that’ll prepare you for your upcoming grocery run.

1. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag)

Make sure you bring reusable bags or baskets to carry your items in for a hassle-free shopping experience.

2. Leave Credit Cards at Home

Most if not all vendors will only accept cash, so make sure to bring enough small bills with you.

3. Get There Early or Late

Early mornings are the best time to go for the best selections and avoiding the crowd and heat, especially during summer. But for the best deals, get there later before they close as vendors may occasionally offer end-of-the-day discounts.

4. Buy Whole Foods

Take advantage of all the non-processed, fresh produce. Stock up on seasonal veggies and fruits in bulk and don’t forget about grass-fed meat and pasteurized eggs.

5. Talk to the Farmers and Staff

Not only are they there to sell their produce, but they’re also there to help customers out. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions to learn about the local farms, the food you’re buying and whether it’s certified organic or not.

6. Don’t Bargain

Quality over quantity. Take your time and walk through the entire market as prices will vary. You’ll also be able to see what’s in season and sample most of the items before purchasing it.

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