Farmers markets throughout San Diego are a great way to find some new local favorites or opt for a healthier alternative to the processed, imported foods you’ll find at the grocery store. Make the most of your trip to the market with these helpful tips.
Bring Your Own Bags
The easiest way to carry your purchases is to bring your own sturdy reusable bags, and simply fill them as you go. Not only is this an eco-friendly practice that cuts down on plastic waste and minimizes the risk of a ripped bag, but it’s also a more convenient way to shop.
Buy Seasonal Produce
Since vendors at farmers markets sell locally-grown produce, keep in mind that the best fruits and veggies are always going to be those that are in season. In fact, you may not even be able to find certain produce if it’s out of season.
Take advantage of the opportunity to try veggies you might not usually cook with, and make great seasonal dishes like soups and stews in the winter, or salads and slaws in the summer.
While many vendors have card readers, some will only accept cash.
Be sure to have some on hand, and ideally in small bills so you can give exact change. Unlike in grocery stores where you make one big purchase, you’ll be making a lot of small purchases from many different vendors, so small bills are much more convenient!