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.