If you’ve been reading this blog, you know I’m excited that some of the local farmers markets will be opening this weekend, and you’ll be able to find me at the Collingswood Farmers Market bright and early this Saturday morning. The picture at the left of the bag is one that will be given away this Saturday at the Collingswood market. It’s one of a kind, made from last year’s market banner. I want it. You can enter to win at the market info tent and the winner will be drawn at noon.
I wrote a piece just around this time last year that I thought was worth reprinting (with a few changes) here about planning a trip to the farmers market.
- Cash – Most of the vendors at farmers markets work on a cash only basis.
- Reusable bags – Sure the vendors will have plastic bags for you to carry your food, but taking your own bags helps the environment and saves the vendors a little money.
- Smaller bags for small produce – Many times if you’re buying berries, green beans, mushrooms or some other small produce item, they will be in containers that the farms keep so they dump the items into a smaller plastic bag for you. If you take your own small plastic bags that you’ve saved from bread or some other sources, you can save new bags from being used.
- Your own coffee mug – Farmers markets usually don’t just have produce, meats and flowers. Many of the larger ones have local coffee houses, bakeries, and crafters set up tables, too. When I get to the market at 8am on Saturday morning, I head right for the coffee table first.
- Where was this grown?
- How was it grown?
- When was this picked?
- How far did this item travel from where it was grown to this market?
- What conditions did the hens live in who grew these eggs?