If you haven't spent much time at farmers markets, I know they can be a bit intimidating. Locals always know exactly where to go and what to buy, and seem to possess some kind of secret, cult-like knowledge of seasonal favorites and exclusive deals.
How is a farmers market noobie supposed to sort through the piles of exotic vegetables without feeling like an trespasser?
The reality is this: Farmers market fans can indeed be fanatical (I know I am), but the farmers themselves couldn't be more friendly and welcoming. Here are my top 10 tips for fitting in at the farmers market and getting the most from being a locavore.
Emily Olson said on 28 Wednesday 2010 pm30 9:43 pm:
Great tips! I also try to bring a few bags to the market, that way as I shop, I can strategically put the heavy stuff in the bottom, and layer the lighter, delicate items on top. It took one trip and too many smooshed strawberries to learn this lesson. :) Eventually as you get to know the market, you know to stock up on apples, potatoes, etc first!
What are your favorite farmers market tips?
Darya is a scientist, foodie and advocate of local, seasonal foods. For more healthy eating tips visit her blog Summer Tomato.
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