Weekly Events At The Market
2013 season is underway.
Chef Demonstrations & Music most Saturdays
NEW for 2013: SNAP/Food Stamps accepted and value doubled!
Preparation for Shopping
1. Bring Containers or Shopping Bags. Reusable tote bags are a great way to carry home your purchases and cut down on waste.
2. Make it a Family Outing. Bring the entire family and teach your children from a young age how to eat healthy and support sustainable agriculture.
3. Bring a Cooler. Make sure you have a cooler with ice packs in your vehicle. The summer months in Carrollton can get very hot and a cooler is a great way to keep your produce fresh on the way home.
4. Research What is in Season. Make your shopping list based on what produce is currently in season. This will help you to find what you need to purchase as well as help you to find the best price.
5. Make Your Meal Plan Ahead. If you plan out your meals for the week you can then shop for all the produce, meats and cheeses you will need.
At the Market
1. Arrive Early. Produce sells out quickly at many market booths. For the best selection, arrive early!
2. Take Your Time. Enjoy browsing each booth, speaking with the vendors and comparing products.
3. Bring Cash. Most vendors prefer cash. Small bills are easy to use as they don't require the vendor to have a lot of change.
4. Ask the Farmers. Interact with the vendors. Ask quesitons if you see unfamiliar produce. Ask questions about their farm or just gather new recipes.
5. Go Late. Just before closing time is a great opportunity to get some of the best deals. Vendors don't want to take home their products. Remember that shopping late will also limit your selection, and some vendors may even be sold out.
6. Buy in Bulk. Often vendors will give you a better deal if you purchase large quantities. Gather a few friends to purchase in bulk or plan your menu around a particular item that is in season.
7. Think Whole Food. Remember farm grown doesn't look like grocery store produce. When you shop at the grocery store all tomatoes are the same shape and size. At the Farmers Market our produce is fresh, grown without chemicals. They may have a little dirt on them, but you will know they are fresh and healthy!
8. Don't See it, Ask For it. If you don't see something that you would really like to purchase, ask the local vendors. Many vendors get requests and are happy to begin growing specialty items for their customers.