Find a Farmers Market Near You!

Posted on August 5th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

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I love farmers markets! Fresh local food, great prices, and supports local business.

Saving Money at the Farmer’s Market

Posted on May 7th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

Our first Farmer’s Market was this Saturday. I so look forward to these starting. I love supporting local farmers/business owners and of course all the awesome goodies that we seem to only be able to get during the summer. Here are my tips to saving money at the farmer’s market.

1. Buy in season. Some of those earlier vegetables or fruits will be more expensive. The further you get into the season and the more they have the cheaper their prices will be. For examples tomatoes now are a little more expensive than they will be later in the summer when they have tomatoes coming out of their ears.

2. Buy in bulk. Farmer’s markets are awesome for buying produce to can. If you are buying in bulk, the person selling will be more likely to give you a deal. Just ask them. I love to buy pickling cucumbers every year from them. They may not bring enough that day, but most will let you meet up with them later to get whatever you want to buy.

3. Go late. By the end of the day people may have stuff they just want to get rid of and the prices may drop. This is especially true of perishables. If they don’t sell them for cheaper, they may end up having to throw it away.

4. Price compare. Your first round should be price checking. See who has the lowest price and go with them.

5. Don’t go hungry. I say this about grocery shopping too, but this is especially important at the farmer’s market. They tend to have really yummy fresh foods too that they are making there and they are usually pricey. Not only won’t you buy that, but you won’t spend unnecessarily on other stuff too.

How do you save money at the farmer’s market?

Tips for Shopping at a Farmer’s Market

Posted on July 12th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

One of my top loves about summer are the farmer’s markets. The fresh and local produce, homemade crafts, food vendors, fresh meats, freshly baked bread and KETTLE CORN! Our farmer’s market rocks! Some of the best deals I have gotten were from the farmer’s market. I guess I feel it’s just honest people trying to make some money and they are generally very fair. My proudest purchase for a babywrap much like the brand Moby. Usually those are around $100. This wonderful mom was making them herself with the cutest designs and for only $30.

You can get great deals at farmer’s markets too! But first you have to go. A lot of people are reluctant to go to farmer’s markets thinking it’s not for them, but trust me they are and they are awesome!

If you are a farmer’s market newbie, follow some of these tips.

1. Don’t buy immediately. Go through the vendors first and see what they are offering. Write down prices, then you can go back to what was the best buy for the money.

2. Try all the samples! A lot of farmer’s markets may have kinds of fruit or even meats, you’ve never tried. Ask for samples. Most vendors are willing to let you try them.

3. Get your fruits and veggie for canning. Farmer’s markets are awesome for buying in bulk. You usually get a pretty good price on bulk items and you’ll have what you need to can all those yummy pickles like I do every year.

4. Go early for the selection, then go late for the deals. The best stuff will be picked off in the morning, but by evening, the deals will come out as people are trying to get rid of their items.

5. Some logistics. Bring cash, buy in bulk and try something new every week.

Follow these tips for a successful farmer’s market experience!

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