Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Simple Living :: The Farmer's Market

As the warm season approaches, Farmer's Markets begin to appear across Texas. Locally, we have the Historic Farmer's Market which offers bountiful produce, dairy products, organic meats, wines, artisan crafts and foods.

Most cities or towns across the state (and country) have lovely venues for this re-emerging trend. Not your grandparents' market, these newer Farmer's Markets offer a variety of gourmet palette appeasing items. With trendy home-made gifts and toys for children, these newer markets appeal to every age.

Tips for visiting your Farmer's Market

  • Arrive on time. Most of the vendors are setting up and are not ready to open if you are early. Be courteous and arrive at opening or a little after.

  • Bring your own reusable bags. If you're planning on purchasing several items, it is wise to bring your own bag. Most vendors will have a few plastic bags on hand, but it appears overly trendy, not to mention easy, to bring your own from home.

  • Bring cash. While technology has come a long way with the use of iPhones and the Square, many merchants will not have those offerings. Cash is king at the Farmer's Market and may allow you to barter if you feel the need.

  • Ask about the produce. If you are looking for organic produce, don't be afraid to ask the farmers. They will know best and you won't make false assumptions.

You definitely don't want to miss out on this summer's offerings - stop by your local Farmer's Market this week and support your local agriculture!

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