In the spring and summer, everybody loves shopping at the farmers market. Going to the farmers market gives you easy access to fresh food, and it could make you a better chef. But relying solely on the farmers market for your grocery shopping gets notoriously expensive. Fortunately, knowing what you’re doing can help you save a bundle of cash on your next trip to the market — even while you try new things and fill your shopping bag with great-tasting, locally grown food.
Want to know some secrets for saving money at the farmers market? Read on to learn the best ways to save.
1. Find out what’s in season
The most affordable produce at the farmers market will generally be the fruits and vegetables that are in season. That’s because when something is at its peak season, multiple vendors have the same thing. That drives down prices. So it pays to do your research and find out what’s going to be the most plentiful.
An easy place to start is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s seasonal produce guide. Or you can consult this more detailed chart from the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture. You can also check with organizations in your area for information specific to your region.