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10 Mistakes to Avoid at the Farmers’ Market

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10 Mistakes to Avoid at the Farmers’ Market

By EcoSalon via DivineCaroline

If you haven’t spent much time at farmers’ markets, you may not know that they can be a bit intimidating. Locals always know exactly where to go and what to buy, and seem to possess some kind of secret, cult-like knowledge of seasonal favorites and exclusive deals.

How’s a farmers’ market newbie supposed to sort through the piles of exotic vegetables without feeling like a trespasser?

The reality is this: farmers’ market fans can indeed be fanatical (I know I am), but the farmers themselves couldn’t be more friendly and welcoming. Avoiding these ten mistakes will help you fit in at the market and get the most out of being a locavore.

1. Arriving Too Late
Showing up in the late morning means big crowds and picked over produce. Beat the rush by going early and getting the best of the season. Morning light is also best for snapping pictures, if you’re into that sort of thing.

2. Forgetting to BYOB (Bring Your Own Bags!)
Most farmers’ markets provide small plastic bags for your purchases (in eco-friendly San Francisco, plastic has been banned and most vendors offer paper or compostable BioBags for a small price), but you definitely want to have a larger bag to carry your bounty or you’ll be heading home prematurely.

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10:11PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

I love farmers markets! I wish my town had more.

4:13PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

I agree always try new foods. i remember when i was younger and i was at a farmers market and the farmer had combined to trees (similar to how they create sour oranges) and it was called a doughnut peach. It was completely white and tasted like you were eating cotton candy. But they were relatively cheap and so yummy.

4:12PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

I agree always try new foods. i remember when i was younger and i was at a farmers market and the farmer had combined to trees (similar to how they create sour oranges) and it was called a doughnut peach. It was completely white and tasted like you were eating cotton candy. But they were relatively cheap and so yummy.

4:12PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

I agree always try new foods. i remember when i was younger and i was at a farmers market and the farmer had combined to trees (similar to how they create sour oranges) and it was called a doughnut peach. It was completely white and tasted like you were eating cotton candy. But they were relatively cheap and so yummy.

8:10AM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Good suggestions as I am just learning to scout around the local farmers markets.

2:13AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Thanks.

3:19AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Thank you

2:45PM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

good tips

9:10PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

I accidentally discovered that getting to the farmers market at the end may lead to better deals and free veggies that the sellers don't want to take home. Sure, things are more picked over, but since I plan meals around what I can get there, it works out.

11:04PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Totally true! Thank you!

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