Helping Foodies with Food Allergies Everywhere Get More Bang for their Buck
1. Shop Early for Best Selection of Goods: Most Farmers Markets begin on Saturday or Sunday at 8am and end around 1pm. Farmers are naturally early risers so the closer you get there at 8am the better selection of goods you will have to shop.
2. Shop Late for Savings: Most farmers would rather sell to you in bulk at a lower cost then pack up and travel with more goods. The closer you arrive and shop at closing time, the better discount you will get (may have to sacrifice variety though).
3. Have a Taste: Sample anything and everything before purchasing. It is encouraged here. Also most booth hosts are the farmers themselves or a specialist in the product. They take pride in their product and will not lie to you about containing ingredients or risk of cross processing. Please discuss food allergies before sampling or purchasing.
4. Try New Things: At the local markets you get the best of the best. Try figs, Indian sauces, Afghan Foods, Kohlrabi, Sunchokes, and Purple Carrots.
5. Stock Up on Rich Produce: Unlike grocery chains who harvest weeks before produce is set out, local markets feature produce harvested the day before. As fresh as it gets.