Winter farmer's markets give shoppers the opportunity to buy fresh, in-season produce and to find ideas for holiday gift giving and entertaining. Many markets feature specialty products such as olive oil, preserves and chutneys, marinades, fresh and dried flowers, potted plants and handmade baskets.
- Find out the time, day and location of the farmer's market by checking the local newspaper or telephone directory or calling the city offices or chamber of commerce.
- Arrive at the market early for the best selection and freshest produce.
- Bring a jacket or an umbrella, just in case of inclement weather.
- Bring small bills and change.
- Bring a sturdy bag or a cart for carrying all your purchases.
- Place a cooler with some ice in the trunk of your car to protect perishable products on the ride home.
- Take a stroll around the market when you arrive to see what's available.
- Expect to see produce such as squash, broccoli, cauliflower, salad greens, nuts, persimmons, pomegranates, oranges, lemons, turnips, kiwis, apples, onions and carrots during the winter months.
- Look for specialty products such as baked goods, vinegar, oil, sauces, cheese, eggs, jams, jellies and chutneys, along with fresh cut flowers and potted plants and herbs.
- Look for specialty services such as knife sharpening, beverage carts and information tables.
- Enjoy entertainment and special events such as cooking demonstrations, guest chef appearances and cookbook signings.
- Ask the market manager if you can't find what you're looking for. Talk to the growers and vendors if you need information on selecting or storing their products.