Saving Money at Farmers' Markets

I have fond memories of going to the farmers’ market in Rochester on Saturday mornings and being able to get anything I wanted for $1. A basket of tomatoes, apples, cucumbers, squash, berries…all for $1. It was the cheapest, freshest and most delicious way to eat. The farmers’ market in Rochester, NY will always hold a special place in my heart and I have yet to find one that can match it. I keep trying though and along the way have found some wonderful markets to get cheap, fresh produce for the week.

Year round farmer’s markets are not always cheaper then your grocery store, however if you are looking to buy seasonal vegetables from spring to fall your local farmer’s market is the place to go. Not only will you most likely find better deals you will also find fresher ingredients, which results in more flavor. It is also going to be a great place to find organic produce cheaper and easier since you are buying direct from the grower.

Farmers’ Markets are not just about saving money though. They are also about the experience of going. Some major cities will have one large permanent market and then communities will have their own one day a week. Washington, DC has Eastern Market and L.A. has the market at Third and Fairfax. These markets are a relaxing way to spend a weekend morning and a great way to plan what you are going to eat for the week. I encourage everyone to visit your local farmers’ market at least once this summer to take in the experience, save money, and eat some delicious food.

Not sure where your local farmers’ markets are? Here are some website that can help you locate them.

Local Harvest
http://www.localharvest.org/
Find farmer’s markets and family farms.

Certified Farmers’ Market in California
http://www.cafarmersmarkets.com/index.html
If you live in California you can find a certified farmers’ market that is close to you.

Farmers Market.com
http://farmersmarket.com/
List farmers’ markets by state.