It's best to get here early
But if you can’t make it until later, what you'll get is still fresher than any that's been shipped to a supermarket, as most farmers pick produce the day of or day before its sold. In the case of perishable products, many bargains can be found at the end of the day. Here are secrets to save money at farmers' markets.
Many farmers depend on you to survive
Farmers count on the income from markets to get by; nearly all who participate in open markets run very small operations, and the profit margin is slim.
If you spend $100 at a farmers' market, $62 goes back into the local economy, and $99 out of $100 stays in the state
If you spend $100 at a grocery store, only $25 stays here. So, where do you want your money to go? Check out these secrets supermarkets won't tell you.
Not sure? Ask to taste before buying
Almost all farmers are happy to provide a sample.
Please stop saying how expensive it is
Local farm products would sell for much more in any specialty store, where there would be additional overhead costs and markups.
Farmers don't do deals
With the very thin margins, the prices are often incredibly fair and there's no room for bargaining. The best way to get a good deal? Be a consistent customer.
It's not really about retail sales
It's about cultivating a relationship with people who are willing to spend a little bit more for something a whole lot better.
Standing out in the summer sun is nice, but the job isn't easy
Up early, loading trucks with heavy produce, being mindful of money, home late. Plus, when it rains, customers stay away and bad weather can easily damage products.
Sometimes, produce vendors are only retailers, not growers
Ask questions if you think the vendor is a vegetable wholesaler, not a local farmer.
Farmers care about where the products are coming from
Larger vendors may have a retail outlet, or be part of a franchise or chain business. Ask.