We love shopping at our local farmer's markets to find the freshest, cheapest, and most local ingredients. It's a pleasure to be able to speak directly to the farmers, and feel confident that the food we're buying was grown with love and intention.
If you've ever felt intimidated shopping at the market, follow our tips below to become a farmer's market pro!
Step 1: Ask questions. Almost every time I visit the farmer's market during harvest season, I come across a vegetable I have never seen before. Instead of passing by the unfamiliar foods, ask the vendor about it, and for preparation tips.
Step 2: Don't be afraid to linger and take pictures. If you aren't ready to start chatting with the vendor/farmer, take the time to Google an unfamiliar food, or take a photo of it to Google later. Take your time smelling, touching, and looking at the fresh produce.
Step 3: Go with a friend. Exploring the market with a friend is double the fun! Treat your farmer's market visit as a special date, and plan lunch/brunch or drinks for afterwards.
Step 4: Compare prices. I always walk the market first, comparing prices and quality of produce, before I decide where to stop and spend. You're not obligated to buy something at every stand you peruse.
Step 5: Is organic important? Organic certifications are expensive and way out of the budget for many small farms. Ask the farmer if they spray their produce or use pesticides even if you don't see the "organic" label any where. Especially early in the season you'll find that many farmer's haven't started spraying yet (not many pests out).
Are there any other farmer's market tips you swear by? Please share them, or your questions, in the comment section below :)
p.s. Check out our old farmer's market adventure video (below) from my Youtube channel :)
Jenné & Isabelle
We're both passionate vegan foodies with backgrounds in nutrition. We decided to bridge our skills to create Buddhalicious; a program that guides members to find balance, excitement, and flavor on their plates, and in their lives.