We cant argue , things are tough and every penny is counting in the current zim’s economic situation , As a farmers we need to optimize and take advantage whenever we visit market places . Want to know some secrets for saving money at the farmers market? Read on to learn the best ways to save
1. Find out what’s in season
The most affordable produce at the farmers market will generally be the fruits and vegetables that are in season. That’s because when something is at its peak season, multiple vendors have the same thing. That drives down prices. So it pays to do your research and find out what’s going to be the most plentiful
2. Look for ‘ugly’ produce
If you want some real savings at the farmers market, take Consumer Reports’ advice and look for vendors’ ugly or misshapen produce. We all favor the prettiest fruits and vegetables, whether at the grocery store or the farmers market. So many farmers market vendors sell crooked carrots and oddly shaped tomatoes at a lower price than the more conventionally attractive crops. Some even sell such produce bagged, or from a separate bin, at a significant markdown. But you’ll get the same exact taste — just at a much better deal
3.Consider shopping right before closing
At some markets, vendors discount their wares shortly before closing time. That way, they don’t need to load it all back in their trucks to try to sell it elsewhere. It’s not a common practice everywhere, and some vendors don’t participate. Plus, they won’t like it if you just wait around, watching the clock, before you buy. But it’s worth checking out your favorite farmers market close to closing time to see whether you can get some great deals
4.Make a budget
You might not think you’d overspend on vegetables. But the delicious bread, local honey, and homemade pies at the farmers market just might get you. Before you go to the farmers market, set a budget. And when you’re shopping, stick to it. If you fill your shopping bag with the essentials you need and still come in under budget, then you’ll know it’s fine to splurge on something fun, too.
5.Take a walk before buying
Even if the first farmers market stand you see has something you want to buy, you should keep walking. Particularly with in-season produce, multiple vendors will have the same fruits and veggies. And you should always compare prices in order to get the best deal. Walk the entire farmers market before you make any purchases to make sure you get the best quality and value.
6.Know how to determine what’s ripe
Buying produce at the local farmers market to use in your meals for the upcoming week won’t help you if you have to wait half the week for your fruits and veggies to ripen. Do your research, and find out what your fruits and vegetables will look (or smell) like when they’re ripe. Or ask the vendor to help you choose one that’s ripe.
7.Buy in bulk
If you have a big family to feed — or just don’t mind eating the same kind of produce each day for a week — consider buying in bulk. When you buy multiple pounds of a given vegetable, the vendor might be willing to negotiate and cut you a deal. Of course, you don’t want to buy either fruits or vegetables in such huge quantities that they’ll go to waste. But if you know you can use it all up, buying in bulk can definitely save you money.
8.Always Pay in cash
Another unexpected way to save money at the farmers market is to pay in cash. And ensure that you have plenty of small bills and quarters. Vendors run out of both when they’re making change for customers all day