How to Shop at a Farmers Market

by Zoryana Rawlins 01/21/2019

A farmer's market is a meeting point where farmers sell foods or freshly produced cheeses or meats for human consumption which may be located indoors or outdoors to make customers comfortable. There are bountiful reasons to shop at the farmers' market due to the availability of fresh vegetables and fruits. At a farmers’ market, you’ll even find prepared foods such as salsa, jellies, candies, and even jerky.

Shopping at a farmers’ market is essential because it helps in creating income for the local farmers. There are a lot of ways to shop at a farmer's market. Choose from the freshly produced vegetables to the treated milk products, fruits, and nuts.

Benefits of shopping at a farmer’s market

Produce is seasonal: One of the primary reasons for buying in a farmers’ market because you already know you're getting fresh fruits and vegetables each market day. It also helps in decision-making for your weekly meals when visiting each stall in the farmers market. Anything out of season will not be available fresh from a farmers' market although you might find dried, canned, or prepared versions. True farmers' markets require fresh, in-season items.

Products are ripe and nutritious: Shopping from a farmers’ market is advantageous compared to shopping at a store because a farmer’s produce is fresh, ripe, and beautiful which will make your food delicious. Since their products are seasonal, a farmer knows what is nutritious by looking at it in their farms which will also make their spinach, cucumber, cheese, yams, watermelons, apples, etc. fresh and nutritious.

It's inexpensive: The farmers’ market products offer affordable, seasonal produce. When you consume fresh vegetables and fruits every day, it adds a lot of benefits to your health and saves hospital bills.

Farmers markets sell different vegetables and fruits: A farmers' market is always full of varieties of local fruits and vegetables—not only the popular ones. You can always ask the farmer about a fruit or vegetable unfamiliar to you. Most vendors offer recipes or instructions for exotic produce.

It improves the local farmers' economy: When you buy anything from a farmers’ market, it helps the family business, which allows them to continue producing fresh food for your table. It also helps in the local economy because the vendors spend what they make from their products in local shops.

To find a farmers’ market near you, ask a neighbor, at the library, or search online. Your nearby property professional is an excellent resource for local markets too, so be sure to reach out.

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Zoryana Rawlins

Zoryana Rawlins is a highly motivated and self-driven REALTOR® who combines a love of the industry with a passion for constant learning and self-improvement. Before getting into the real estate business, Zoryana previously taught at ICA Language School and Foreign Service Institute of U.S. Department of State. She was a very responsible instructor and very attentive to the needs of her students. Her hard work and listening skills helped her students achieve high-level positions. As your real estate agent, Zoryana utilizes up-to-date technology tools to market your property, hosts your Open Houses, uses her negotiation skills to secure the best deal for you as well as smooth and flawless transactions that will ultimately achieve your satisfaction. Zoryana is active with Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. A lover of all things Virginia, Zoryana lives in Falls Church, Virginia, with her husband Michael, their son Roman and two adorable dogs Tuzik and Michiko.