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How To Shop At a Farmers Market

Watch more Food Preparation Tips, Tricks, & Techniques videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Score the best buys and bargains at a farmers market with these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Make a shopping list of produce that's in season, so that you have a guide as you shop the stalls. Tip Search online or in cookbooks to come up with a few ideas for meals you can make with what you expect to find. Step 2: If you want the best selection, get there early. But if you'd rather score a deal, arrive late. Farmers don't like to head home with extra inventory, so they often offer discounts as closing time approaches. Tip The same vendors often sell at several markets in the same city or county, scaling prices based on the affluence of the neighborhood. Step 3: Don't come to the farmers market hungry -- you're more likely to impulse buy. Buy a snack at the market before you start shopping, if you're starving. Step 4: Walk around the whole market once without buying anything, so you can compare prices and quality. Often, a few vegetables and fruits will dominate, but their quality and prices can vary widely from vendor to vendor. Adjust your shopping list based on what is available. Step 5: Make a second tour of the market, picking up whatever you've decided on. Tip If you see produce you're interested in, but are hesitant to buy it because you're not sure how to prepare it, ask the vendor for cooking tips. Step 6: If you have a favorite fruit or vegetable that will be in season soon, ask a few of the vendors when they're expecting their crop and whether they think this will be a good year for it. The more abundant the item, the less you can expect to pay for it. Tip If you're feeding a large family, ask farmers about buying in bulk to save money. Step 7: Hurry home so you can make a mouthwatering meal with all that farm-fresh produce! Did You Know? Sales by farmers directly to household consumers rose 49 percent from 2002 to 2007.
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