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How to Make the Most of Your Trip to the Farmer’s Market

February 29, 2024

March is National Nutrition Month®, and this year’s theme is “Beyond the Table,” which addresses the farm-to-fork aspect of nutrition, from food production and distribution to navigating grocery stores and farmers markets — and even home food safety and storage practices.

Heading to the farmers market is a fun way to buy fresh produce and connect with your community. Here are some tips to make the most out of your visit:

Tips to make the most out of your visit to a farme's market

Plan Ahead

Before heading out, check what’s in season in your area. This will help you find the best deals on the freshest produce. You can use websites like to help you.

Get there Early

Arriving early not only means you get the first pick of the best produce, but you also get more time to enjoy the market before it gets too crowded.

Bring Cash and Reusable Bags

Many vendors prefer cash, and bringing small bills makes transactions smoother. Tote bags or baskets are better for the environment than plastic bags.

Chat with the Vendors

Farmers and artisans love talking about their products. They are full of cooking tips, recipe ideas, and information about their farming practices.

Support Local and Organic

By shopping at farmer’s markets, you can support local farmers and artisans and reduce your carbon footprint. Look for vendors who prioritize sustainable and organic practices.

Remember, farmer’s markets are not just places to shop – they’re opportunities to connect with your community, support local businesses, and enjoy fresh produce. So go out there, have fun, and make the most of your trip!

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