It’s Sunday! Your local farmers market is open and you are ready to explore all the beautiful fruits, veggies and atmosphere that the aesthetic world that is the farmer’s market. But, you’re kinda stuck. You have NO idea what to buy. What are the absolute best things to buy? How do you know you are getting the best value? I have a couple of great suggestions on the best things to buy from your local farmer’s market so you’ll never feel lost on a Sunday again.
Honey has been a local product that has gone both ways. There are some people that will insist on not making this purchase from the farmers market, but rather the source themselves. The best way around this is to find a local honey source that is present at the market. It is very easy to run into a reseller at the farmers market. This can have an effect on the freshness of the honey itself and, of course, if we’re trying to get our money’s worth than we want the freshest of everything available. Look for local honey harvesters, they’ll always know best and will give you great ideas on how to use their honey.
Berries are generally expensive at the grocery store because of the travel that it takes. Fresh berries at the local farmers market will be in better condition, will be cheaper and have fewer pesticides and fungicides, which is great for taste and the environment. Be sure to always ask your farmer if their berries are pesticide free, and look them right in the eye. You’ll know the truth.
Grass fed beef/dairy
Buying your beef and dairy from a local source gives you the freedom of information and choice. You can have a great conversation with the local farmer and learn more about the way the cattle was raised and how they were cared for. You can truly know what you are putting into your body. It’s always beneficial to speak to ranchers, the ones that raised the cattle, themselves. Plus, you leave smarter than when you came in.
The farmers market is the best place to try and ask about fruits and vegetables that you’ve never seen before. The farmer that’s selling produce should be able to give you a plethora of information about it, from where it originates from all the way to how to prepare it. The farmers market is the best place to grab a new veggie or fruit that you have been dying to try.
Not a place that you would actually think to grab your favorite florals, but there is real value in purchasing your flowers from the farmers market. Flowers that you generally find in the supermarket are grown with a large amount of pesticides which ultimately harms the people that grow the flowers. To play your part in making the planet more safe, you can choose your pretty blooms in a more environmentally friendly way.
The next time you step foot into your local farmers market, you’ll be so prepared that you’ll be able to set up a stand yourself. While your working on your farmers license, take advantage of your local farmer’s market by grabbing the best things they have to offer. Happy shopping!