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Farmers Market Tips

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Have you ever shopped at a farmers market before? Today the Canyon Park Blog is sharing a few tips for shopping at a farmers market. Whether you’ve never been to a farmers market before or you are a regular, reading our tips can help ensure you get the most out of your trip. Visit our local Puyallup, WA on Saturdays to find delicious seasonal produce!  

Look first. 

Before you purchase anything, take a wander through the market to see what’s there. Even though you may have found lavender honey at the first stall, the one around the corner may have the same thing for a lower price. Make a mental note of the places you want to return to. 

Be prepared. 

Your preparations may vary, but at the very least take a cooler to store your produce while in transit, especially if you have additional errands to run before you head back to your apartment. Bring your own bags and containers, as you won’t be able to count on every vendor having them. 

Ask questions & try something new. 

One of the perks of going to a farmer’s market is the opportunity to try something new. Vendors often have samples available, and if they don’t, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Ask the vendor about their products — most vendors love to talk about their growing practices, what pesticides were used (if any), and how to cook the produce. 

Choose the best time. 

Whether you get there early to get the freshest produce with the most choices or at the end of the day when you can find great bargains is completely up to you. However, simply being aware of what typically happens when can be a factor in planning your trip. Plan enough time to be able to explore the whole market. 

Take advantage of buying in bulk. 

A pint of strawberries versus a flat of strawberries won’t break the bank, but chances are you can quickly freeze the berries for later use in smoothies or to make freezer jam at a fraction of what it would cost you to buy it from the grocery store. You may even get a price break for buying in bulk, too. 

What are your best tips for shopping at a farmers market? Share them with the rest of our apartment community in the comments!