It’s officially my favourite time of year: Farmer’s market season. I love farmer’s markets for so many reasons. Most people tend to stray from Farmer’s markets because they believe they are over-rated and expensive. I’m here to tell you all the tips and tricks to get the most out of your next visit.
Farmer’s markets offer high quality produce that lasts a long time at prices that are comparable to supermarkets, if you do the research. Each time I go I do one or two walk arounds where I compare produce prices, quality, and favourability. You can often find at least one stand that has a lower priced item. While this does mean that you will be making many stops, it will end up saving you loads of money in the long-run.
Once you have found your favourite vendors, stick with them. Just as you are loyal to them, they will be loyal to you. I have often received free produce for being a regular buyer. Even if it is not something that you intended to buy (like these radishes), it gives you the opportunity to experiment. It’s also nice to see familiar faces, and know that the product quality will be the same.
There is nothing better than bringing home fresh produce. And the fact that my bag of spinach will last me two weeks in the fridge is amazing. I know that produce can be expensive in certain areas, and I am by no means promoting a “solely-organic diet” but if you can find local food for a good price, I say go for it. Your taste buds will thank you.