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Friday, May 6, 2011

Tips for shopping at a farmers market

•Go early for best selection
•Go (or stay) late for the best deals (you can sometimes get discounts on whatever is remaining)
•Bring cash and coin (just in case credit or debit cards are not accepted)
•Bring your own sturdy, reusable bags
•Take the time to walk around and see what’s available before making any purchases
•Talk to the farmers/vendors--be sure to ask if you have any questions or need advice
•Bring a cooler if you plan on buying meat, dairy, or other products that require cool temperatures
•Buy in bulk if you find something you love and at a good price--you can always preserve through canning, drying, or freezing (remember that most goods are seasonal so what’s there one week might not be there the next)
•Be open-minded in terms of your meal-planning (avoid going to markets with too many specific meals in mind; try new foods, new recipes, or new cooking techniques based on what you discover)

Visit for locations of farmers markets in the Chesapeake Bay region. Many open this weekend!!


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