2Bits: Tips for Better Farmers’ Markets Shopping
How do you best shop for this week’s meals at the farmers’ market?
A Google Search for “How to Shop at a Farmers’ Market” will give you a list of articles with tips designed to help you better plan for your farmer market shopping.
These tips include:
Get there early. Get there at closing time.
Bring cash. Bring large bags.
Shop around. Walk the line of booths for the best deals.
Plan your meals in advance. Be okay with spontaneity.
Take time to talk to the farmers. Get to know who is growing your food.
How to make these tips work for you?
Get there early before seasonal items are gone. Also, be there at closing times for the best deals.
Do you use cash to purchase items? Maybe market tokens? That means your farmers must have change on hand.
Shop around, walk the line of vendors. On some Saturdays, there’s time for this, and it’s fun! Other Saturdays, there isn’t. However, we still want and need our locally produced foods.
We live in the age of e-commerce. We shop and pay online. Adding this convenience to our farmers’ market shopping is okay. How and why?
How? Talk to the farmers you trust. Order and buy from them prior to market day on 2BuyAg’s online marketplace. Ask what produce or products they’ll have ready on market day. Let them know how much you need.
Place your order and pay online. They’ll have your order ready for you to pick up at the market. Create an account and profile on 2BuyAg. Invite your favorite farmers’ market farmers to join 2BuyAg.
Shoppers on 2BuyAg can also make a post letting their favorite farmers know what they want to buy! Watch this tutorial video to learn how!
Why? Ordering and paying in advance helps your farmers plan better. It helps them bring the right amount to the market. It reduces food waste.
It’s convenient when you need convenience. It frees you up to enjoy other market activities when you and your family have the time.
Do I bring cash? Don’t need it now, you’ve paid in advance. Did you bring your bags? Your order is already ready to go.
Plan your weekly meals, but want to be spontaneous? Sure, you still can if you want! You’ll have already ordered and paid for the items you need to make this week’s meals, so take a look around to see if anything else spikes your interest!
Join 2BuyAg’s online marketplace today. Ask your favorite farmers’ market farmers to join also. Make your market shopping easy. Help your farmers know what you need in advance.
It helps you and your farmers plan! It helps reduce food waste! It’s a win-win plan!