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Tips on how to shop efficiently at your local farmer’s market

Avoid the rush with two simple suggestions: show up early and go on a weekday

If you live in areas such as San Francisco or New York City, you can have access to multi-day greenmarket schedule. Going to the farmer’s market on weekday such as Wednesday is a much different experience as compared to going on a Saturday. Tend to go online and research your area to confirm whether it is right for where you live. Remember that, if you decide to go on a weekend to get there early in order to beat the rush and avoid being overwhelmed by the crowd.

Go with a set amount of cash

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Figure out how much you wish to budget for that week and then show up with exactly what you can afford. For example, if you bring $100 to the farmers market, that is what you spend. So keep to your budget and aim of utilizing it in the farmers market.

You need less than you think

They way in which how people tend to overspend and under buy at the market are by getting more than they require something. For example, if you are buying loose greens such as peas, you will roughly need a fist full of it to satisfy two servings.

Steer clear of artisanal stuff, unless you have the budget for it

Unless you are planning to be a big spender, let all the artisan stuff be as it is. Rather stick on your budget and focus on produce, fruits, eggs, vegetables, beans and meat, essential items you require.

Make a list before your visit

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This is a crucial step the majority of people miss out on. Instead make a list of what you currently purchase and consume now, then just swap it out for the greenmarket stuff available instead of going for the grocery store stuff.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Farmers love to answer and clear any queries you may have. There is no question which is too vague, naïve or small. If you quite frankly don’t know what something is, or how to cook it or what it tastes like, don’t be hesitant to ask questions.

Don’t be afraid to start small

Don’t go all out on the farmer’s supermarket for the sake of it. Instead, venture out to the farmer’s market with no intention to purchase anything but take in the different sights and smells and only purchase if something fancies you. Start with something small as buying kale or apples. Give yourself the time to enjoy the process.