When it comes to feeding your family whole foods on a budget we all know the farmers market is the place to go. At the farmer’s market, you get great deals on the freshest available produce and with a little planning, bit of listening and a set of good manners you can get even better deals. Follow these tips and score the best deals at the Farmers Market.
- Walk the entire market before buying common basics like green beans and strawberries. This is a great way to save a lot of money because different farmers will be competing in prices. After a quick stroll, you will know who has the best price and can grab them on your way out. For less common items like gourmet mushrooms and rare veggies act fast or they may not be around for your return.
- Listen as you walk. When vendors get bored they will often call out deals to entice customers to come over to them to see what they have. My last trip to the market I scored a basket of rainbow carrots and some purple cauliflower for only a dollar because I had been listening to my surroundings when the vendor called out.
- Go later in the day for the best deals. As the day wears on farmers and venders are dreading clean up and want to clear out their stock instead of dragging it all home at the end of the day. Often the will drop prices and even encourage haggling to reduce how much they have to pack up at the end of the day. Yes, the early bird gets pick of the crop but, later in the day you save more.
- Keep your mind open. Look for deals at the farmer’s market before planning your menu for the week. By doing this you can focus on getting more food for your budget rather than finding a particular food that may not be available. This will allow you to save money by focusing on the deals available at the moment included the freshest in season foods.
- Be kind and treat farmers and vendors well. I know this should go without saying but when you build relationships and make an effort to be cautious you will often be offered better deals. Think of it as a perk for being a decent human being. Everyone wins.
Next time your farmers market is open gather the family and venture out. You will be surprised how much money you really save by buying your produce directly from the farmer cutting out the middleman.
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