Shopping at local farmers’ markets is one of the best ways to give back to your community and the communities you visit in your RV. Purchasing from local farmers and makers allows them to continue providing the tasty, fresh products you love.
However, finding the best produce at farmers’ markets around the country isn’t always easy. Fruits and vegetables are seasonal, and picking the wrong ones will make you feel less excited about the meals you create with them. Follow these simple tips for finding the best products at the next farmers’ market you visit.
1. Don’t Go at Peak Times
It’s best to head to a farmers’ market early or late, when it’s typically less crowded. The early morning hours offer the best produce, because the best goods go first. However, late arrivals at the farmers’ market usually get the best deals from farmers who are trying to liquidate produce. This less-common time to visit also means more opportunity to speak with the farmers about what to buy.
2. Research Before You Go
Certain fruits and vegetables are tastier at different times of year. Apples are best in the late summer and fall, while avocados and blueberries are tastiest in the summer months. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower are all best in the winter months, and some veggies, like carrots and collard greens, are harvested year-round. About.com’s guide to seasonal fruits and vegetables is an ideal list to reference before you hit the market each week.
3. Bring Cash and Reusable Bags
Make the purchasing process easier on yourself and the farmers by coming prepared. Many farmers’ markets and individual vendors are still cash-only. Bring plenty of cash, so you’re not left facing hefty ATM fees. Additionally, remember to bring your reusable market bags, because many vendors don’t bring their own bags to give away.
Shop and Dine With Your RV
Tasting fresh local produce at each of your RV destinations is one of the best ways to get to know the places you travel. Log online or stop in and see us at Capital RV Center to see our unbeatable deals on new and pre-owned RVs for the fall camping (and harvesting) season.