16 Aug '11, 4pm

14 Farmers' Market Tips: Make the most of your next trip with these money-saving suggestions.

14 Farmers' Market Tips: Make the most of your next trip with these money-saving suggestions.

If possible, plan to walk, ride a bike, or take public transit to your farmers’ market. Parking can be a hassle. 2. Come early Shop early in the day to get the best food and to avoid missing out on unusual items. Mid-week markets are quieter, but weekenders often have the best selection. 3. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) Arrive with sturdy cloth bags and small plastic or paper bags for loose items like berries or mushrooms. Bring a backpack or a basket to get everything back home. 4. Hit the ATM Plan to pay cash. Bring more money than you think you'll need, and lots of small bills and change. 5. Look for the peak of the season Three ways to save money: First, walk the whole market to check prices. Second, look for foods at their peak of seasonal abundance. Third, make arrangements with market farmers to buy bulk at a discount or to visit their farms for U-pick savings. 6. Shop ...

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