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Shopping the Summer Farmer's Market

Shopping the Summer Farmer's Market

Shopping the Summer Farmer's Market

Farmer's markets are for everyone. The summer months generally offer the widest selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with specialty foods and plenty of activity.

  1. Bring small bills and change to make your transactions easier and more convenient.
  2. 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.
  3. Arrive at the market early, if possible, for the best selection and freshest produce.
  4. Wear sunscreen and bring a hat.
  5. Bring a sturdy bag or cart for all your purchases.
  6. Place a cooler with some ice in the trunk of your car to hold any perishable purchases.
  7. Take a walk around the market initially to see what's available. Different growers often offer the same produce.
  8. Expect to choose from produce such as peaches, plums, nectarines, strawberries, blueberries, melons, corn, tomatoes and squash.
  9. Look for specialty products such as baked goods, vinegar, oils, sauces, cheese, eggs, jams, jellies and chutneys, along with fresh cut flowers and potted plants and herbs.
  10. Look for specialty services such as knife sharpening, beverage carts and information tables.
  11. Enjoy entertainment and special events such as cooking demonstrations and guest chef appearances. Summer months sometimes feature events and activities for the children.
  12. 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 buying or storing their products.


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