More to Chew On: A Farmer's Market How To

By The Chew Crew Jun 13, 2013

Here at The Chew we love farmer’s markets from the fresh foods to the relationships you build with neighbors and farmers and the new recipes ideas!  It’s a win all around.  However, it’s not always easy to maneuver or know the best way to shop these markets and for those who are new to it, Michael shared some of his top tips for successful shopping.
 
BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag
 
Bringing your own canvas bag for the produce is a crowd pleaser. And let’s be honest, do you want to be bringing that great big fresh watermelon home in a flimsy plastic bag?
 
Questions Are Encouraged


At the market you are face to face with the producer of your food, so take advantage and ask questions.  Most farmers are happy to assist you while you shop and know more about their produce than anyone else. So talk away and soak up all the knowledge you can.  Also, use the opportunity to get to know the people you buy from and make the experience more fun for everyone.
 
Small Bills Rule


Most farmers’ markets are cash only operations and you’ll gain a lot of good karma from farmers if you have small bills and change on hands. They’ve only got a small cash box and plenty to sell, so help them out where you can.