While it’s not technically fall for another month or so, I’m so excited! Is it sweater weather yet? The change in season not only brings new fashion choices but also new produce options at your farmers market. Supporting your local farmers market is in style year round, but fall is one of the most colorful seasons at your farmers market. Here’s how to make the most of your farmers market:
Show Some Local Love at Your Farmers Market
So, what’s all the hype about farmers markets? Shopping local has been a growing trend for years. Locals have discovered that farmers markets offer the freshest foods (as they come from local farms and travel shorter distances they generally last longer). At your local farmers markets you will also find the most flavorful produce (having had no chemicals added in their growth process if they’re organic).
Depending on your city, local farmers markets often organize events, vendors and even live music. Local shopping becomes an experience to remember! If you’re in Los Angeles, make sure to check out the LA Farmers Market Fall Festival. Best of all, by shopping at a farmers market, you will be supporting your local farmers. Whether you are a seasoned pro or it’s your first time at a farmers market, check out these great tips for becoming a savvy local shopper.
Every good shopper knows the key to a successful shopping day is a comfortable pair of shoes. Even when you are shopping for fruits and veggies at your local fall farmers market wearing comfortable shoes and layered clothing and bringing enough reusable bags help you make the most of your shopping day. Usually, you should never go to the market on an empty stomach, but at your local farmers market, a hearty appetite may lead you try new things. Some farmers markets have tasters and samples of local products or recipes made with the produce on sale.
Try Something New
Never tried kale, kiwis or collard greens? Here’s your chance to try something new. Farmers markets are a great place to find interesting vegetables and fruits. These hidden gems could be the next ingredient to your best dish. Ask local vendors for recipes or preparation techniques for these beauties.
Look for Bargains
Remember to take a walk around the local farmers market before you make your final purchases. Don’t let excitement get the best of you; go through all the aisles of your farmers market comparing prices and quality. After a few visits to your local farmer’s market, you might even find a favorite vendor. Depending on your needs, you might also choose to come around closing time to get the best bargains before vendors close up their stands.
Know Your Crops
Looking for a specific ingredient for your recipe? Make sure you know what crops are in season before you search out your local farmers market. Fall is one of the most flavorful seasons at your farmers market with a great variety of gourds and greens. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find at your fall farmers market:
- Brussels sprouts
- Butternut squash
- Collard greens
What are you looking forward to this fall at your farmers market? Tell me about it in the Comments section!