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6 Farmer’s Market Shopping Tips

6. Time your trip to suit your needs.

It all depends on what you want to get out of the market. For the very best selection, go first thing in the morning. Youíll get food that was in the ground mere hours ago, and youíll get first choice on everything. But for the best social experience, go mid-morning through lunchtime. Thatís when there will be families and food vendors, jugglers and musicians, kiddies running around on the grass and the very best people watching. Finally, for rock-bottom prices, show up just before closing. Farmers would rather get rid of stuff at reduced prices than haul it all the way back home. The selection will be poor, but you canít beat the bargains.

So are you ready to hit the ground running? Donít forget your cash and your cloth bag. Happy shopping!

Sayward Rebhal writes for Networx. Get more ideas like this on Networx.

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2:17PM PDT on May 31, 2012

thanks

7:39PM PDT on May 23, 2012

It is so nice that there are more markets opening & more people are becoming aware to buy local, not just to support the local smaller farmer but also to let farming corporations see this & maybe change there ways. Thanks for the tips on where to get the best deals too.

1:49PM PDT on May 21, 2012

thanks for sharing this

1:36PM PDT on May 17, 2012

thanks!

1:23PM PDT on May 17, 2012

These are good tips. I'll have to put more effort into incorporating the farmer's market into my shopping this year.

8:57AM PDT on May 15, 2012

I love farmer's markets but don't have one that I can walk to. (I don't have a car)

10:37AM PDT on May 14, 2012

Thanks for the tips!

8:57AM PDT on May 14, 2012

I love going at the end... amazing how cheap things get!!

7:18AM PDT on May 14, 2012

thanks

6:43AM PDT on May 14, 2012

Bring your own bags!!!! And try socializing with farmers and other marketers!

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