One of the best parts of summer is strolling through your local farmers market shopping some of the best and freshest produce in the city. But, let’s be real, farmers markets can be a bit intimidating and an overwhelming experience if you are not prepared. Here are a few tips to help make your next trip fun and productive experience.
What’s in season
Knowing what fruits and vegetables are in season will make shopping for them a lot easier. The best part? Fruits and veggies cost less when they are in season.
Here’s what’s in season during the summer months:
- Bell Peppers
- Green Beans
- Honeydew Melon
- Lima Beans
- Summer Squash
The farmers’ markets are the best right when it opens (or shortly after that). Going later on in the day might mean missing out on the fresh bread, eggs, or even those fresh strawberries you’ve been wanting.
Don’t forget cash
Cash is still king, and some vendors and farmers will accept credit card payments, but many only take cash, so make a stop at the ATM before heading to the market. Most of the Indy farmer’s markets have ATMs on-site, and some even offer a token system where you can buy and shop with wooden tokens if you forget cash.
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Bring your bags
You can go to any store and find a chic, affordable reusable bag. Some vendors will have bags available, but bringing your own is a good idea. It’s better for the environment, and you won’t have to stress about carrying all of your farmer’s market goodies.
The best part of shopping at your local farmers market is you can directly interact with the farmers that are growing the food, and they intimately know their products. Not sure what something is, or how to prepare it, or even whether or not it’s ripe? Just ask. They will be more than happy to share their knowledge.
Now you know what’s in season, what to bring, where to go, it’ now it’s time to head to your local farmers market. Follow these tips to make the most of a nice afternoon while supporting local businesses at the same time. Need help finding your local farmers market? We got you covered. We created a 2019 Farmers Market Guide to help you find your local market near you.