Monday, September 24, 2012

Top 3 Things NOT to Do At a Farmer's Market

There is something about a farmer's market that make me a little nervous/anxious/ whatever you want to call it. Honestly, I do not feel at ease when I shop at a farmer's market. Maybe I do not go often enough. Maybe I do not feel comfortable with all of the unspoken rules. Maybe I do not like that they are no signs to tell me who grows organically and who does not. I have had my share of mishaps and embarrassing moments farmer's markets. Today, I bring you the top 3 things NOT to do when you are shopping at a farmer's market (from my own experience).

  1. Do Not Ask Young "Farmers" to Pick Out Your Produce - when a guy who looks like he is in his mid-20s tells me to pick out which watermelon looks the prettiest, I do not feel confident that he has any idea what he talking about. I know how to pick out a watermelon, but feel weird going around flicking and slapping watermelons to pick out the perfect one.

  2. Do Not Buy From the First Stand - walk around to the other stands; see what others are selling. You might find a better deal or better quality.

  3. Do Not Buy the "Pretty" Produce - I might not be a master gardener, but I know that tomatoes organically grown on a local farm do not look perfectly round. I have grown my own tomatoes and I have picked tomatoes from an organic farm. If anything, ask the farmer what they use to control pests.

>> What mishaps have you experienced at the farmer's market?



Katherines Corner said...

Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

rewinn said...

We always buy the "seconds" at farmers' markets, whenever possible. A tomato that didn't put its energy into being perfect in appearance often has put its energy into taste and nutrition!
And the farmer is happy to let the stuff go at a reduced price - better than hauling it back for the pigs.
Everyone wins!

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