FARMER'S MARKETS TIPS & TRICKS
Overwhelmed, confused, bombarded, apprehensive @ the farmer’s market...NO MORE!
A few simple tips curated by Cole and Shilpa to help your experience at the farmer’s market be an exciting, inspiring, energizing, and happy time! Read more below OR meet us at the farmer’s market this summer!
1. DON’T GO HUNGRY OR TOO FULL! If you are hungry, being in the heat and seeing all of those options may be a recipe for disaster. Pushing yourself to complete a task when you are hungry may result in you feeling faint, cranky, and weak. To avoid that, have a couple of snacks on hand or eat a meal beforehand! On the flipside, have some room in your belly to sample all the deliciously fresh foods that come with going to a community based farmer’s market.
2. PRE-VISIT RESEARCH! Check out the farmer’s market you’ll be attending online to see what types of fresh produce to expect so you feel prepared and excited about the options. Additionally, check to see what is in season for your geographical location so you can brainstorm some recipes you may want to cook after going to the farmer’s market. (Homemade tomato sauce in the summer is always a win). Check out what’s in season at Grow NYC’s Sustainable Table Seasonal Food Guide here: https://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket/whatsavailable
3. PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE! Bring a water bottle, a reusable bag (or 3), small cash bills or EBT card (although some places may take credit/debit now), and a snack (as mentioned above).
4. ASK QUESTIONS! If you are not sure what a fruit or vegetable is, ASK! Find out what it’s like for the farm to grow the produce, sell the produce, and what their favorites are. Gain the most out of your experience by being open and inquisitive; don’t shy away from getting your questions answered. Worst case? They don’t know. J
5. LOOK FOR…bright colors, heavy weights, firm but not hard, and fragrant produce! If you are not sure which avocado, mango, or kale is the perfect one go back to tip number 4 and ask! Remember that farmer’s markets have some of the most delicious, in season produce so when creating meals, keep it simple & really savor those flavors!
Read more here: http://www.summertomato.com/what-to-look-for-when-picking-fruits-and-vegetables
6. & REPEAT!! Building a relationship with a farmer or farmer’s market can be key to gaining the most trust, respect, and community with a farm. If you made a bomb tomato sauce using a farm’s tomatoes, let them know how well it came out. If there is a sample they have and you were able to recreate it, be so proud and tell them!
We will be at the following farmers markets on the days listed below! If you’d like to join or meet us there please shoot us an email with the date and time!!
Graham Avenue Farmers Market @ Graham Avenue and Cook Street, BK
Saturday, July 28th from 3:30-5:30pm
Down to Earth Markets @ McGolrick Park, BK
Sunday, July 15th from 10-12pm
South Williamsburg Greenmarket @ Taylor Street and Lee Ave
Thursday, July 12th from 8-10am
If these dates and times or locations don’t work for you, please don’t let that stop you from visiting a farmer’s market near you! Find out more information here: https://www.ediblebrooklyn.com/2015/brooklyn-farmers-markets/