Shopping at our market? Here are some tips.posted by SPD Communications on May 21, 2013 in Tips
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 170 farmers’ markets are operating in Indiana. Find a market near you on the Farmers Market Search on the USDA website. Our market is open Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in season and we’ve compiled some tips that can help you shopping at the Statehouse Market or any market in Indiana.
Bring Your Own Bags & Baskets
Many vendors don’t supply or choose not to supply customers with disposable bags. Bringing your own bags cuts down on cost and waste.
Bring a Cooler
The Statehouse Market plans to host more than just fruit and vegetable farmers. You may find meats, milk, cheese, yogurt or other items that require refrigeration. By bringing a cooler, you can keep fresh foods cold until you head home at the end of the day.
Bring Cash and Small Bills
Most vendors accept cash only. Avoid needing much change by paying in small bills.
Know the Crop Calendar
Check out the ISDA Farmers’ Market Seasonal Chart to see what is in season when. Buy fresh, buy local and buy in season.
Think “Whole Foods”
Remember, most food comes to the farmers market without being processed first. Carrots come whole and unpeeled. Corn is sold in the husk. Just-harvested produce may take some additional care, but the superior flavor is worth the effort.
If you find a new vegetable you want to try, ask the farmer how to prepare it. For the best tips specifically ask how they like to eat it.