Farmer's Market: What Do You Bring?
So, you are interested in attending a farmer's market. But maybe its your first time or maybe its been a while. Here are a tips on what to bring with you to ensure success.
Cash First and foremost, bring cash! While some farmers markets accept credit cards or mobile payments, many still operate on a cash-only basis. It's a good idea to bring small bills and change, as vendors may not have a lot of cash on hand. At the Conover Farmer's Market you can also purchase tokens from the manager's table that you can use like cash at the vendor's booths.
Reusable Bags To help reduce waste, bring reusable bags with you to carry your purchases. You'll want to bring a variety of bag sizes and shapes to accommodate different items. Some farmers markets may offer plastic or paper bags, but it's always better to bring your own.
Cooler or Insulated Bag If you're planning on purchasing perishable items like meat, dairy, or eggs, it's a good idea to bring a cooler or insulated bag to keep them fresh. You can also use a cooler or insulated bag to keep produce cool if you're shopping on a hot day.
Water Bottle Shopping at a farmers market can be thirsty work, so it's important to stay hydrated. Bring a reusable water bottle with you to refill throughout the day. AND if you forget your water bottle, several snack vendors have water you can purchase.
Sun Protection If you're shopping at an outdoor farmers market, be sure to protect yourself from the sun. Bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to keep yourself comfortable and safe.
Before you head to the farmers market, make a list of the items you need. This will help you stay organized so you don't forget something import you want to get. It's also a good idea to research what produce is in season so you know what to expect.
In conclusion, a successful trip to a farmers market requires a little bit of preparation. By bringing cash, reusable bags, a cooler or insulated bag, a water bottle, sun protection, and shopping list, you'll be ready to enjoy all the fresh and delicious offerings that farmers markets have to offer. Happy shopping!