Friday, August 3, 2012

Farmer's Markets

August is a great time to go to a Farmer's Market to buy fresh fruits and veggies!  Click here to look up a Utah Farmer's Market near you.

Here are five top tips to make your trip to the farmers market a treat:
  • Shop early, shop late. For the best pick of the harvest, get to the farmers market early. The best goods go first. Popular items may even sell out before the day is done. Produce from the farmers market is a bargain. If you're looking for an even better deal, shop late. At some markets vendors may offer discounted produce just before closing time rather than re-packing and taking unsold produce back home.
  • Look before you leap. Shop around before you choose. Cheaper, better-looking lettuce may be a few stands away. You will end up with the best food for your money when you scan what is available before stocking up.
  • Bring your own bags and shop for the heavy stuff - sweet potatoes, apples, melon - first. Put these at the bottom of your bag so smaller or more delicate produce can go at the top.
  • Just ask! If you're not sure of what something is or how to cook and eat it, just ask. Vendors are more than happy to give suggestions or advice for the best way to enjoy their produce. Some may even have recipes available.
Dollars and cents. Be sure to bring cash - not all markets accept credit cards or checks. Don't forget to bring change - some items may only ring up at fractions of a dollar.

Source: Eat Smart Move More NC

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