Last week was National Farmer’s Market Week, and there’s nothing our residents like more than going out in our community to enjoy the bustling atmosphere and fresh deals at their local farmer’s markets! Why do we love our farmer’s markets so much? They are a great way to enjoy your community and get the freshest foods and produce for miles around. In honor of National Farmer’s Market Week, Trilogy residents shared a few juicy tips so that you can make the best of the next run to your local market.
- Shop Early or Late – Want the first pick of produce? Visit the market early in the morning before very many have started their shopping. However, if you’re more interested in finding deals, stop by vendors later in the day to see if there are any discounts. Some farmers will reduce the price of items so they have less to pack up and take home with them.
- Take a Walk – Many stalls may have similar items for sale at different prices. Taking a good walk around the market before making any purchases ensures that you can select the best quality and cost for what you are buying.
- Try Something New – Going to a farmer’s market can be a great opportunity to get out of your food comfort zone. Since what is being sold is often a seasonal selection, there are foods available that you might not buy at a grocery store. If you find something unfamiliar that you would like to try, but you are unsure of how to prepare and eat it, try asking the vendor. A lot of farmers are happy to share advice on how to enjoy their products.
- Bring the Kids – A visit to the farmer’s market can be a valuable opportunity to teach children and grandchildren about healthy eating and food production. When they can get excited about fresh foods, they will have more of an interest in cooking and learning where their food comes from.
- Prepare for Your Visit – Though there are some farmer’s markets that may accept credit or debit cards, it’s usually easier to bring cash to pay for your purchases, preferably in small bills. In addition, bringing your own bags and a cooler for perishables is a great idea. If you can, consider buying some foods in bulk. Often, there are deals for purchasing more, making it cost-effective if you are willing to freeze or can and preserve different kinds of produce.
After you’ve made the trip, make a healthy meal with your fresh foods! The chefs at our campuses love the fruits and veggies we bring back from our trips and look forward to the requests our residents make to prepare their special purchases. You’ll find them snapping peas, shucking corn and slicing melons all season long!