5 Tips for Shopping at a Farmers Market

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | 11:11 pm

When you take a trip to the farmers market, you are sure to find a lot of wonderful fresh goods that will have your mouth watering. But, as the market is far from the grocery store, a few tips can help you navigate the place.

The first thing to do is remember to bring some cash, says Gretchen Sterling from Pasadena Certified Farmers Market. Not every stall will accept cards, meaning you could be left to go home empty-handed. Having money on you also helps you remember how much you have spent to prevent overdoing it. (And trust us, that’s easily done.) Gretchen also reminds us, “…our Information Booth does sales of Market Tokens via Square for Debit and Credit cards so you won’t lose your parking space if you do run out of cash before completing your shopping.

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Next, you’ll want to set your alarm for a pretty early time. According to Gretchen, the earlier you go, the fresher the produce will be. However, it’s worth noting that discounts are usually offered later in the day so it might be worthwhile sticking around.

When you finally make it to Pasadena Certified Farmers Market, take a tour of the entire thing before you commit to buying anything. This will help you save money and pick up the best items and will prevent any regrettable purchases.

Obviously, a trip to the farmers market is likely to result in a lot of stuff. And you don’t want to be the person left carrying 25 bags at the end of the day. So stock up on some big reusable bags, states Gretchen, and bring them with you. Not only will this help the environment but it’ll help your arms. (if it’s a particularly sunny day, a cooler can also help when it comes to perishable things like cheese and fish.)

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Last but not least, don’t be afraid to have fun and ask questions. Ask the vendors if you are able to try a small sample of what they’re selling. That way, you know exactly what you’re buying.

Remembering these five tips will ensure a cost- and time-effective trip to Pasadena’s local farmers market. In today’s busy world, there’s nothing more that you can ask for.

Gretchen says in parting, “We are so fortunate to have year round seasons for our Farmers’ Markets and last week celebrated National Farmers Market Week. There are 3 ½ times more farmers over age 35 than under, and this could mean that someday we could have limits on our local food sources and some other country will be competing with our California Agriculture. Please thank our farmers, young and old, for continuing to grow for your produce. It is the small farmers, not the huge commercial farms, that is represented by the Pasadena Certified Farmers Market.”

Pasadena Certified Farmers Market is located at 2900 block of North Sierra Madre Boulevard, in Pasadena. For more information call (626) 449-0179 or visit http://www.pasadenafarmersmarket.org/VictoryPark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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