It’s always “community day” at the farmer’s market…
But this week it’s officially Community Day at the train station which means we will be re-located to one of the parking bays on the north side of the station. Different location, but all of your favorite vendors including some of our most popular rotating vendors like MOMO Dressing, Anna Maria’s Savory Jams (have you tasted her new tomato sauces?) and Azukar will be there.
La Petite Occasion is back after a long hot summer with her heat-sensitive caramels. Her new flavor is Montauk Salt Caramels made with locally-harvested salt. Of course, she will have caramel apples.
Since Community Day is likely to bring in some new shoppers to the market I thought it would be nice to go over some “insider tips ” for shopping farmer’s markets.
I shared these tips with Westchester Magazine earlier this season.
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1. Research Ahead of Time
Know what is in season so there is no disappointment when you get there and so you are prepared with recipes and know what ingredients you need. Understand that markets sell things that are local and fresh and you might not be able to get all your ingredients there.
2. Stop By the Market Tent
Find the information tent and ask if there are any special vendors who are not there every week. Some vendors are only at the markets once a month and have goods you want to take advantage of while they are there.
3. Do a Recon Tour
Farmers’ markets can be overwhelming, so it is a smart idea to “do a reconnaissance tour. Don’t just jump at the first rhubarb you see. There might be another vendor that has a better price or whose rhubarb looks fresher and more vibrant.
4. Bring Cash
There are usually no ATMs at the market, and people often run out of money before they are done shopping. Come prepared with cash and small bills. The farmers are typically not going to have change for a one hundred dollar bill, especially not at the beginning of the day. Although here in Chappaqua, Citibank and Bank of America are in walking distance.
5. Bring Bags
Some markets have bags for shoppers, but not all, so don’t forget to bring a reusable one or two. You can also bring a cooler bag with you if you plan to buy meat or dairy, or just ask vendors to keep things in the cooler for you if you are going to hang out for a while.
6. Get to Know Your Farmer
One of the best things about markets is that you can form relationships with your vendors. They love to see regular shoppers and often offer them special prices or special items. Take advantage of having a conversation with the person with whom you are exchanging money. Farmers have hard lives working in fields every day. They love conversation and hearing what people do with their produce. If you made a really great eggplant dish with a vendor’s eggplant and took a photo, show it to them. It’s also a good idea to tell the farmer what you plan to make with their items and ask them for some tips and recipes.
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