How to Find the Freshest Produce at the Farmer’s Market
Have you ever gone to the farmer’s market thinking you are getting fresh delicious produce? Only to come home and realize it’s not as fresh and amazing you had thought it was? Here are some things you should look for when you are at the farmer’s market searching for the freshest produce.
Go to the farmers market early in the morning
By going first thing in the morning, you will have a lot more to choose from before everything gets picked through. This is especially true if you are going on a Saturday. Saturdays are the busiest days for most farmer’s markets.
Make sure the produce you are getting is local
You might think that all produce at the farmer’s market is local, however, there are some vendors that have produce that has been grown states away. Only buy produce that is local because it will be the freshest. You can find out by asking the vendor if their produce is local.
Make sure you are getting produce that grows in your area
Getting produce that grows in your area will be much fresher than getting produce that is not. Produce that doesn’t grow in your area has spent some time in transit, opposed to local that is just minutes away. When you are buying produce from your exact area, you are getting the freshest produce possible!
Avoid getting any produce with stickers on it
Produce that has little stickers on them, like you see on individual pieces of fruit and vegetables at the grocery store, are most likely not local. While this may seem crazy, it’s just another way produce is mass produced and sent to communities. This is a way to identify most produce that is not produced close to you.
Smell your produce
This might seem silly and you might feel silly the first time you do this, but smell your produce. It should smell good and fresh. It should smell like something you want to eat. Your nose knows how to sniff out fresh produce! If it has a funny smell or doesn’t smell like anything that’s fresh, simply don’t get it. If it doesn’t smell good, it’s most likely not fresh or not ripe enough.
Examine your produce
Take a good look at your produce. Make sure it is not bruised or doesn’t have any soft spots, before you put into your bag. This might take a little more time than just putting your produce straight in the bag, but it’s so worth it. You don’t want to get home, just to realize some of your produce is bruised or doesn’t look good enough to consume. This task takes a few extra minutes, but can help you get the freshest produce.
Buy produce that’s in season
You will have the most luck getting fresh produce when you buy it during harvest season. You will most likely even get your produce at a good price, when you buy during its harvest season because there is so much of it.
There you have it. Now you can spot the freshest produce at the farmer’s market. Hope these tips have been helpful to you.
What tips do you have to make the best of your time at the Farmer’s Market?