Shopping at a farmer’s market is a great way to choose healthy products that are locally grown and sourced by farmers and merchants that are passionate and knowledgeable about what they’re providing to consumers.
Farmer’s markets are also a great way to meet and interact with the same people that are producing your food.
Here are some tips and tricks for visiting your local farmer’s market:
Go early: Vendors present all items at once so oftentimes products disappear fast! Plus, there are great people to meet and talk to, both that produce the products you buy and those who are also shopping!
Bring a reusable bag: Bringing your own bag isn’t only good for the environment, it’s a great way to ensure you can carry all of your items easily. Having an insulated bag or cooler is another great way to keep perishable goods fresh while traveling.
Don’t be afraid to try something new: Sometimes root vegetables like carrots and beets can be presented at a farmer’s market whole and with greens still attached. Don’t worry! This helps the vegetables stay fresh for longer. The same goes with products that you haven’t tried before. Just because they may look different or contain an ingredient you’ve never heard of doesn’t mean they won’t be delicious. Chances are there’s a great recipe for whatever you’re about to purchase!
Take a lap: With brightly colored fruits, vegetables, jams and more displayed it is easy to miss something the first time around. Make sure you circle back to all vendor tables to ensure you didn’t skip over something worth buying!
Ask questions: This may seem like a no-brainer, but asking questions is the best way to learn about what you’re buying, how to pick the best item, and where your food was sourced. Learning more about healthy, local foods helps you achieve healthy eating goals!
Take a friend: Farmer’s Markets make the perfect day-date: good company plus lots of great food!
You can find farmer’s markets all over the metro-DC region by doing a simple Google search. Hometown Harvest will host its first Farmer’s Market on Friday, May 20th at the warehouse on Wedgewood Blvd. in Frederick. Don’t have time to stop by? Try having the market delivered!
Find out more online at www.hometownharvest.com!