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?
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