Whether you are a first-timer to the Farmers Market or a seasoned pro, everyone could use a few tips to make their trip to the market even better. Do you have tips of your own? Let us know at the bottom of this page!

Arrive early. If you get there early, you not only get the best parking and avoid the big crowds, but you get your pick of the best fruits and veggies, the best looking apple pies, and the most popular items that sell out quickly as the day grows late.

Bring a bag. A large and sturdy tote bag will make it easy to carry your items. An insulated bag with an ice pack is even better.

  • Pro Tip: If you drive to the market, put an ice chest in your car before you leave so that you can store your perishables if you decide to go to lunch, shop in downtown, or run other errands.

Make a first pass. Walk through the market and make a mental note of what interests you and compare prices of vendors selling similar items. Then make a second pass to make your purchases. If you buy the first jar of honey that you see, you may regret it when you see an even better flavor or deal 15 minutes later.

Bring cash. Just in case the vendor that you really want to buy from doesn't accept electronic payments.

  • Pro Tip: Vendors prefer cash. While most accept credit cards, debit cards, PayPal, Apple Pay, etc., these others methods cost the vendor a percentage of each sale. Margins a slim to begin with, so consider paying with cash when you are able to.

Ask for samples! Vendors are usually more than happy to give you a taste.