Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Farmers Market Buyers Guide

1. Come Early - This is when you’ll find the freshest produce, you’ll have more variety, and it’s cooler!

2. Have Cash - The smaller the bills the better. Paying in cash and with smaller bills allows only small change needing to be made, or no change at all. Keep it in a place that's easy to access, an outer pocket on your person or in your bag or purse. A few vendors accept checks, but most don't.

3. Come Often - Going more frequently will let you get to know the vendors and keep you in informed as to what is fresh and in season.

4. Only Buy Local - The Blue Ridge Farmers Market only allows products and produce that are grown/made locally. Buying local supports local farmers/crafters and economy.

5. Bring Your Own Bags - Not all of the vendors have bags for you to carry your purchases in, and when they do they are usually thin plastic that don’t hold up well when you load them up! Bringing your own canvas/nylon bags will ensure all you purchases make it home unscathed!

6. Get Advice - If you find a vegetable that’s new to you at the farmers market and want to give it a try, ask the farmer how to prepare it. For the best tips specifically ask how they like to eat it.

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