Tasty Meals Made with Local Produce
Shopping at Farmers' Markets Near Your Destination
Rewritten by Joseph Garnett, Jr. - From the Archives
September 19, 2015
Visiting your local farmers’ markets is perhaps the best way to get the freshest fruits and vegetables for your meals. Purchasing locally grown produce allows you to give back to the community, so farmers can continue to provide the freshest products.
Finding the right market is not always the easiest when searching around the country. Most produce are seasonal. That means you will find various types of fruits and vegetables at different times of the year. It’s important to find the freshest possible to help make your meal more delicious. Here are some tips that may help you when shopping for produce.
1. Avoid Shopping at Peak Times
The best times to go to the market is early mornings, because the best of the pickings always go first. However, when you go later or near the end of the market time, you are more likely to be able to make a deal with the seller.
2. Doing a Little Research Helps
To ensure that you will come home with some of the best tasting fruits and vegetables, it’s best to know in which season the produce ripens. For instance, Apples tend to be best in the late summer and fall. Avocados and blueberries, on the other hand, are best in the middle of the summer months. During the winter, Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower are best. Carrots and collard greens can be harvested all year round.
3. Along With Reusable Bags, Cash Works Best
When you arrive at a farmers’ market prepared, the entire shopping process works best for you and the farmers. Most markets still only take cash. However, some merchants are now equipped with mobile devices to accept charge cards. By bringing along your reusable bags, you also help the vendors also keep the cost of the produce lower by not having to supply bags.
Dining in your RV
When you stay at an RV destination, tasting the fresh fruit and vegetables from neighboring farmers is also a great way to learn about your surroundings. Log online or stop in to visit one of RV salest experts at our Lazydays Tampa or Tucson lots to see some of the unbeatable deals with new and pre-owned RVs. You can purchase one just in time for the fall camping and harvesting season.
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